The main source of income in Imperial County is farming. In the turn of the 20th Century a canal system was built to bring water from the Colorado River. This water has created a farming mecca. The climate in the Imperial Valley allows for plants to grow continuously throughout the year. The mild winters and hot summers produce fantastic plant yields.
Locally some of the crops grown are; lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, citrus, wheat, sugar beets, alfalfa, sudan grass, carrots, tomatoes, and the famous Imperial Sweet Onions. All of these crops are in production at some time or another during the year. The fact that there is little rainfall or frost, combined with the consistent water supply, help to assure a successful crop.
Pictured is a combine harvesting wheat. This wheat will probably end up in Italy for pasta or it will be shipped across the United States for domestic use.
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Last update: September 16, 1997