Farmers discuss reasons for switching to cotton

Issue Date: May 2, 2018
By Lisa Lieberman

As Central Valley farmers face ongoing low water allocations and stagnant processing tomato prices, farmers say they are considering allocating fewer acres to tomatoes and devoting more land to pima cotton. Pima cotton—the primary variety grown in the Central Valley—requires less water, has lower employment costs and less pest pressure, the growers say.

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