Orange County growers will have more time to farm land that’s been designated for housing developments because of the housing slowdown, he said.
“Right now, there isn’t any new ground to be had,” he said. “We have nowhere left to go in Orange County.”
In Santa Maria, land values also are holding steady, said Jose Corona, president of Corona Marketing Co.
“Once ground becomes available, there are so many people bidding on it that they push the price back up,” he said.
Back in Oxnard, Deardorff Family Farms has experienced “slight upward pressure on rents,” Deardorff said.
“There’s still increasing demand for strawberry acres,” he said, so farmers are willing to pay higher rent to get that kind of ground.