California’s Changing Land Use Patterns for Crop Production, 1959–2017
Hoy F. Carman
California’s land use trends include a significant reduction of land in farms and total cropland, together with conversion of land used for annual field crops to tree and vine crops. The significant investment in perennial crop production has increased tree nuts, vineyards, and other specialty crops’ share of irrigated land use from 30% in 1959 to over 65% in 2017.
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Hoy F. Carman. 2019. "California’s Changing Land Use Patterns for Crop Production, 1959–2017." ARE Update 23(2): 9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.