The dichotomy of spring

by Jim Morris

The Sacramento Valley is my office, making me very lucky indeed. As I travel throughout the valley visiting farms and taking photos and videos for our social media, I’m continually struck with two seemingly incongruous sights. On one hand, anyone who has spent more than a passing amount of time in the valley knows its beauty is underrated. Besides the big ticket items like the Sutter Buttes
and the Sacramento River, there are smaller delights, like these California Poppies I found in the Sutter area.

On the other hand we have the worst drought in a generation. The lack of adequate water will have a profound affect on our farms, communities and environment. It will be an endurance test. To date, there aren’t many signs of the pain that’s coming. The closest I can see is the rice fields that haven’t yet been planted (or perhaps won’t be planted this season).

The earth to me just cries out for moisture. These soils are some of the best in the world for growing rice. The century plus successes for California rice bear truth to that. They also give perspective and hope for the future.

All you have to do is add grower knowhow and five inches of water to the equation. The later ingredient is sorely lacking this season.


Jim Morris is Communications Manager for the California Rice Commission. Jim has worked in communications for more than 20 years. When he’s not on the job, he enjoys his family, faith, football, outrageous monster stories and running marathons.