Sunday Post: Plains

Jakesprinter has a Sunday Post challenge on Plains. My interpretation, the closest I can come, are the fields of my little corner of the world. Northern California’s Central Valley encompasses some of the most fertile lands, providing the United States with vegetables and fruit unsurpassed in goodness. A little Wikipedia info:

The Central Valley is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions and is the largest patch of Class 1 soil in the world.[1] More than 230 crops are grown there.[1] On less than 1 percent of the total farmland in the United States, the Central Valley produces 8 percent of the nation’s agricultural output by value: 17 billion USD in 2002. Its agricultural productivity relies on irrigation from both surface water diversions and groundwater pumping from wells. About one-sixth of the irrigated land in the U.S. is in the Central Valley.[25]

Virtually all non-tropical crops are grown in the Central Valley, which is the primary source for a number of food products throughout the United States, including tomatoes, almonds, grapes, cotton, apricots, and asparagus.[26]

There are 6,000 almond growers that produce more than 600 million pounds a year, about 70 percent of the world’s supply.

And don’t forget California’s happy cows…..or California wines (is that why the cows are happy?)

And here are just a few photos I’ve taken

About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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33 Responses to Sunday Post: Plains

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  3. TBM says:

    Very nice shots. I grew up in Southern California, and didn’t spend enough time in other areas. Shall have to go back and explore.


  4. I grew up in one of Australia’s irrigation food bowls – flat as a tack for hundreds of miles around – it’s another world, isn’t it? Love the cows 🙂


  5. Imelda says:

    It will be so amazing to see such big tracts of farmland, especially at harvest time. I just hope that the bees go back to pollinate California’s almond trees.


    • Angeline M says:

      It is amazing to see the fields when it’s harvest time. The freeways are full of trucks carrying loads of tomatoes to factories..and a lot of tomatoes that have fallen off the trucks on the sides of the freeway. I always feel like stopping to pick them up. I hope the almond crop isn’t endangered.


  6. rutheh says:

    Great responses to the challenge of plains. Thanks for clicking the like button on my blog.


  7. An abundance of beautiful fruits and veggies you get there and almonds!
    Great post and photos Angeline!


  8. Jo Bryant says:

    these are excellent Angeline..


  9. jakesprinteresprinter says:

    Beautiful entry for this week topic Angeline, Thanks for sharing my friend 🙂


  10. Amy says:

    230 crops, Incredibly! Wonderful information about the agriculture in the Central Valley. Great photos!


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  12. thirdeyemom says:

    So envious of all those delicious fresh fruits and veggies you get! Great post Angeline!


  13. restlessjo says:

    Yep, that’s definitely what I think of when I think “plains”, Angeline. Good response.


  14. Madhu says:

    Lovely, especially the cows! I thought of you when i saw Jake’s prompt 🙂


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