The drought threatens more than sacrificing day-to-day activities that require water. The combined effects of the drought and the early spring pose a threat to some students at Cal Poly. Crops growing in locations such as the Cal Poly Trestle Vineyard are experiencing early bud break and lack of complete dormancy during growing cycles.
This disturbance in growing cycles is not unique to the sites at Cal Poly; farmers throughout California are noting the unusual patterns of growth. This could mean that during the fall quarter of 2014, students will lack the unique hands-on experience that coincides with maintaining and harvesting crops.