FRESNO (CBS SF) — California’s ongoing drought has led some citrus growers to paint their trees to block out the sun, and protect their crops.
Growers in Fresno have sawed off large portions of their trees because there’s not enough water to keep the dense canopies alive, and spray painting them with a diluted latex paint that acts as a sunblock.READ MORE: Santa Clara Broncos Seeking Dream Ending: Back-To-Back College Cup Title On Home Field
Farmers are hoping the limited well water they have will be enough for the smaller, protected stock.READ MORE: Gas Line Ruptured In American Canyon; Traffic Impacted
“If there’s no water, you just can’t grow anything,” citrus farmer Jay Gillette said.Lake County Sheriff: Pilot Killed In Plane Crash In South Lakeport
Farmers in Australia tried the same pruning and painting technique during a severe drought, and were able to get their orchards back to full production after three years.