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By DON THOMPSON Associated Press Writer Article Launched: 09/08/2008 12:04:25 AM PDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California farmers can grow more food more profitably if they switch to water-saving crops and change their irrigation practices in response to the states ongoing drought, according to a study released Monday.

A report issued by the Oakland-based Pacific Institute says farmers in the Central Valley could save enough water to fill up to 20 new reservoirs by making several changes to curb wasted water.

About a quarter of the states water-intensive crops like rice, cotton, corn, wheat and alfalfa should give way to fruit and nut trees and row crops like tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and melons that can be more selectively irrigated, according to the report

Farmers should use drip or sprinkler irrigation systems instead of flooding grain fields, and crops should only be watered when they need it, a practice requiring more intensive soil and plant monitoring.

Farmers are trending toward many of the practices already, said Pacific Institute president Peter Gleick. But Gleick said the nonpartisan research organizations report is the first comprehensive look at how much water farmers could save.

"Its been a missing piece of the information in the California water debate," he said.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought in June because of two years of below-average rainfall, low snowmelt runoff, shrinking reservoir levels and a court-ordered water restrictions to protect crashing fish populations.

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