I'm back in Yuma temporarily - the Winter Lettuce Capital of the World. This area grows 90% of the lettuce eaten in the US!
Mexican day workers enter the US legally to pick the lettuce. (None of us snowbirds want to work this hard...)
Last weekend was Yuma Lettuce Days. Sally and I went to check it out. First, we went on a bus tour of the local fields and learned all kinds of interesting stuff.
The winter vegetable crops are just about all picked. For the summer, mostly wheat and cotton will be planted.
All of it is irrigated with water from the Colorado River.
I hope this guy is not going to try to go boating in the canal!
Celery is a hard crop to grow, because each plant has to be individually transplanted.
Watermelon and muskmelons are starting out here.
There are also lots of date farms in the Yuma area. We learned a lot about them. There are male and female palms, and the females are hand pollinated, so that you only need one male palm for every 100 females.
Back from the bus tour, we saw lots of big shiny machines. This cotton picker can pick 4 acres of cotton in one hour!
Also an award-winning fruit and vegetable carver. Who knew there was such a thing?
We also saw lots of these t-shirts - "Ask me why I am not naked or hungry." I guess the answer is all the vegetables and cotton that is grown here.