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By Reed Fujii, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Dec. 27--Overall, 2004 was a pretty good year for San Joaquin County agriculture.
Given the region's startling diversity of climates and crops, however, "that's not to say some growers didn't have a rough year," said Scott Hudson, county agricultural commissioner.
The early fall rains, for example, hurt growers with processing tomatoes or dry beans nearing harvest.
Still most area growers saw decent returns, said Kenny Watkins, San Joaquin Farm Bureau president who raises walnuts, alfalfa and beef cattle.
"On the whole, I think, the crops were …