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Avocado Farmers Resort to "Stumping" Amid Drought

At first glance, the trees may look dead. But the acres of avocado trees are still living. Alan Cavaletto is the general manager at Morro Creek Ranch, and this past spring, because of the drought, he made the decision to resort to a practice called "stumping". All the leaves and green on the plant is cut off, and after some finishing touches, white paint is slathered on to protect it from the sun. By doing this, the need to water the trees is eliminated for several months

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