Randy Pench/rpench@sacbee.com

Third-generation farmer Daniel Bays, 27, jumps over a ditch containing a water supply line for a newly planted almond orchard Tuesday in Westley. Bays, who raises almonds on 600 acres in Patterson and Westley, continues to plant new orchards even as water shortages persist. Growers say they’re making rational business decisions by devoting scarce water resources to a high-revenue crop.

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