Grows more than 90% of the nation’s leafy vegetables from November to March?
Is #1 in the state and number 3 in the state for vegetable production?
Is one of the world’s top producers of Medjool dates?
Is a major exporter of durum wheat to Italy, where it’s used for premium pasta?
Is Arizona’s top producer of lemons, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon and cantaloupe?
Grows more than 175 different crops and seeds?
Creates a $3.2 billion economic output, more than 1/3 of Arizona’s total agricultural production?
Well, why not? OK, I’ll have to admit that I didn’t know any of this either - until we began to wander around the area and saw nothing but fields and fields of lettuce. Bibb, iceberg, green, red, and things I didn’t even recognize. I didn’t see any ‘hearts of romaine’ however.
Yuma is definitely an agricultural area. We took a road trip through the area circling most of the area today. This is the primary sight:
Check out these heads - you might see these in your grocery store tomorrow - they certainly look ready to pick.
All of that water drained out of the Colorado sure has made a difference in Yuma. Here’s a picture of the Colorado River in 1916.
But there’s more to the story of agriculture in Arizona and California also, for that matter. We saw teams of pickers, all in hats with their skin covered. Don’t tell me that these people are taking anyone’s job. This is brutal work, stooped over all day, in the hot sun, hands worn raw with the work.You want salad and fresh vegetables tonight for dinner? Thank these people.