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How ag’s footprint has changed since the last drought

 •  by Lois Henry
A young almond orchard just north of Wasco stretches out toward the horizon. Photo taken Sept. 2021. CREDIT: Lois Henry

In the world of farming, not all crops are equal.

That is starkly apparent when looking at how crops changed in the central and southern San Joaquin Valley since the beginning of the last drought, according to county crop reports.

While most counties saw reductions in overall harvested acres between 2012 and 2020, they also saw sharp increases in permanent crop acreage — particularly almond and pistachio trees.

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