Orchards in Northern California are feeling the effects of the excessive amount of rain the state has been getting over the last several months, according to Growing Produce. The increase in precipitation has caused rivers and reservoirs to swell throughout the state, threatening dangerous flooding.
Because of these increased water levels, growers in the region have been unable to get sprayers into their orchards to apply important fungicides. Recently, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) granted an exemption through June 1 to certain orchards with standing water.
The exemption allows for aerial application of certain fungicides, provided a list of conditions is met. Counties affected by the exemption include: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba.