Water cuts devastating to Fallon farmers

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Updated: 5/09 5:40 pm
FALLON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -The Truckee-Carson irrigation district board plans to vote Tuesday on a plan to drop the water allotment from 50 to 45 percent with an estimated cut-off date of July 15. Fallon farmers say they are always prepared for a drought because Nevada is normally an arid state, but they say having another cut back is devastating.

“We will lose the late cropping season, the fourth crop of alfalfa, part of the third crop,” said Rick Lattin of Lattin Farms.

Fallon area farmers like Rick Lattin will soon be limited to only 45 percent of water allotment, another cut due to drought conditions. But the Truckee-Carson irrigation district says it’s necessary.

“We can only divvy up the water that we have. I mean it isn't we're saving water for another year, we're using every drop of water that we can," said President of Truckee-Carson Irrigation District Ernie Schank.

The reason for the cut back is so the district can fill late-season water orders for wildlife and fish at Lahontan Reservoir and Fallon-area wetlands.

“We have to leave a minimum pool of water in the Lahontan Reservoir, that minimum pool starts out at 4000 acre feet to protect the fish,” said Schank.

Lattin says because of the drought, there's not enough water to grow corn this year.

“Because it takes about 100 to 120 days to mature, there just isn’t going to be enough growing season to mature the silage corns,” said Lattin.

And Lattin says the estimated water cut-off date of July 15 is earlier than last year, which is very devastating.

“Because we'll not only lose the capability of planting fall crops, we will lose the late maturing crops also," said Lattin.

So if you want to support Lattin's loss, there is a way.

“The best thing that Reno people can do to support us is buy our crops at the farmers markets and the restaurants,” said Lattin. “We will have cantaloupe, and watermelon, tomatoes, and raspberries and those kinds of things.”

Lattin farms will be selling produce tomorrow at the Greenhouse Garden Center in Carson City from 9am to 1pm. Tuesdays board meeting is expected to pass the water allotment plan. And water users who have already used their 45 percent allotment will not be allowed to order water.

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Why is there plenty of water for the useless golf course's but not enough water for farmers to grow crops ? Something is seriously wrong here.
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