Pistachio grower looks past water cuts to another good crop

Like other farmers in Westlands Water District, Fresno County grower Steve Moore was informed earlier in the year that he would be receiving only 25 percent of his federal water allocation to irrigate his 480 acres of pistachios trees south of Huron, Calif . Still, he was shocked the last week of March when he was notified that his allotment was being reduced to just 20 percent.“We’re not very happy,” Moore says. To make up the difference in the 3.5 to 4-acre feet that his trees need to produce a crop, he’ll pump more groundwater