Randy Pench/ rpench@sacbee.com

Third-generation farmer Daniel Bays, 27, right, works with Will Hansen, a college friend employed by an irrigation company that sold Bays the equipment for his newly planted almond orchard Tuesday, May 7, 2014, in Westley, Calif. This part of the San Joaquin Valley is known as the “Apricot Capital of the World.” But these days, almonds are king. Almond orchards have sprouted like weeds in the past decade throughout Stanislaus County, which has created a dilemma as California’s drought deepens.

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