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Case history: San Joaquin Valley


Louis A. Beck

Author Affiliations

Louis A. Beck is Chief, San Joaquin District, California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 38(10):16-17. DOI:10.3733/ca.v038n10p16. October 1984.

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Most of the San Joaquin Valley has been farmed in one fashion or another for more than a hundred years The Valley trough was generally dry-farmed until deep-well turbine pumps were developed in the 1930s and 1940s and irrigation became common. Even though much of the land was in production, it was not irrigated every year: there was some pattern of rotation, such as dry-farming for one year, irrigation for two, and fallow for one. Now, almost 5 million acres of agricultural land on the Valley floor are irrigated.

Beck L. 1984. Case history: San Joaquin Valley. Hilgardia 38(10):16-17. DOI:10.3733/ca.v038n10p16
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