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Farmers Cope with Little Rainfall

Drought Expected to Remain or Even Worsen During Next Few Months

Farmers Cope with Drought

BUELLTON, Calif. - A blueberry farmer says this is the worst drought he has seen--so bad that all his blueberries shriveled up and fell off during hot weather this summer.

Rolland Jacks has a pick-it-yourself farm and, this year, he's had to turn customers away because of crops that don't do well in a drought.

Fortunately, he's been planting other fruits, like raspberries, which do better in dry conditions.

Different crops are not the only way he's coping with the drought--his landowner plans to pipe more water to his farm, but that will double the rent costs for the land.

That means he'll have to charge more for his blueberries, from $15 to $20 a bucket.

But he thinks his customer will understand.

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