Asparagus Crops Decline Sharply in San Joaquin County
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY -- Asparagus has long been a thriving crop in the San Joaquin Valley, but it has slowed recently and some farmers put some of the blame on growers in Mexico. Local growers say asparagus from Mexico is cheaper, but they are also upset with lawmakers. Now, farmers say instead of cleaning and packing fresh asparagus, they are forced to wait and see what happens with what's called a volatile market.