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Harvesting the bounty: Historic images of Lodi agriculture

When the early settlers first cultivated the land in northern San Joaquin County in the 1850s, the main crop was wheat. Farmers grew their crop over vast acreages without irrigation. By the 1880s wheat prices had fallen along with the underground water table, and farmers gradually switched to other crops. This 1908 photograph shows Clements area farmer Howard Myers’ mule teams and crew working on the heavy grain harvester.

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