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Lack of rain could dry up profits for farmers

Published On: Jan 17 2014 11:58:53 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 17 2014 08:42:53 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

The dry conditions are forcing farmers and ranchers across the Northstate to adjust.
Sunny skies were forecasted again for Friday, minus the weak storm last weekend- the weather pattern has been the same since Dec. 6.
Farmers are starting to worry their crop might die.
"I planted the wheat, but it's just not growing.  Another couple weeks if we don't get some type of rain, it'll start to die," said Greg Hawes of Hawes Ranch and Farming Supply in Anderson.

Hawes is worried that if rain doesn't come soon his profit will start sinking.     
"We've been selling a lot of hay," said Hawes.  "I guess that's good for the store but we have to buy that hay so the hay prices have gone up a lot.  The poor cattle ranchers are buying hay like crazy to keep their cattle alive."
Hawes grows 700 acres worth of hay, but due to the dry conditions he's only been able to water 10 percent of his crop.
The rest will go to waste if rain doesn't come in the next two weeks with farmers losing up to $400,000.
"I just feel that it's better to go to Reno and put it on the table there and have better odds," said Hawes.

Our first alert weather team said there's no rain in sight for the rest of the month.
Governor Brown Friday morning asked everyone to start cutting 20 percent of their water use.