(Yuma, Arizona) – From the desolate, moonscape-like look of the surroundings here, complete with a never-ending vista of foreboding mountains, scattered rock, tumbleweeds, cacti and dirt devils, it’s hard to imagine this part of the world is popularly called America’s winter salad bowl. But it’s true. Farmers in the vast and sparse extreme southwestern part of Arizona have figured out how to turn their region into an agricultural oasis, using massive flood irrigation drawn from the Colorado River. That’s made it a highly productive region for commodities such as lettuce, spinach, kale, peppers, cantaloupe and tomatoes. They even grow wheat…
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