Thursday, March 15, 2012

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY FARMING: BY DAVID HASKINS


Nation’s ‘Salad Bowl’ produces 15% of agricultural output, extensively relying on Cornell pumps.


The lunch you may be sitting down to enjoy while reading PUMPLINE could very well feature a product from the San Joaquin Valley. Fifteen percent of US agriculture products are grown in this fertile central valley of California; more than 150 different crops in all. Cornell Pump Company supplies pumps for irrigation and food processing throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

The valley is uniquely situated to take advantage of winters with sufficient rain fall, hot summers that quickly ripen crops, and brown loam soil well-suited for crop production. The most prominent agriculture crops include grapes, almonds, pistachios, oranges, lemons, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, corn, and strawberries.

In addition to farm food products you may enjoy, your clothes might also have a California connection. The world’s largest single cotton farm, spanning more than 40,000 acres is operated by the J.G. Boswell Company in Kings County.

Specialty crops also thrive here. Stockton produces the majority of asparagus consumed in the state. Raisins are produced prodigiously in Fresno— taking advantage of abundant sunshine to convert sweet grapes into power-packed morsels.

Cornell Pump is proud to a primary supplier of water pumps in the area; allowing the nation’s ‘salad bowl’ to grow great produce, and the nearly 4 million people who live in the region to prosper. We have a strong commitment to the valley and its agriculture. We have a centralized warehouse in Kingsburg, California, in the heart of the valley, to allow quick delivery of pumps anywhere in the area. Cornell also offers individualized training seminars, featuring Agriculture Market Manager Bob Jansen. Bob can explain how pump systems work for your type of agriculture application, and suggest solutions to make your operation more efficient and effective.
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