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Changing seasons shift Arizona's crop portfolio

Produce season is under way in the desert Southwest. Soon the Salinas Valley will wind down its production of lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli and other crops as the annual transition is completed in the low desert region of southern Arizona and California.
A shift to fall means produce season is coming to Yuma, Ariz.

Arizona growers are transitioning to produce season in the Yuma area as crops elsewhere in the state are being harvested.

Because of the climate, cotton is planted sooner in the year in Yuma County than other regions of the state. This leads to an earlier harvest and the ability to rework the ground for winter vegetables. The fiber crop is basically a "place holder" for lettuce and other vegetables as growers defoliate and harvest their short-staple varieties in September.

Fall melon plantings began in late August. Beehives to pollinate those melons are now in place. Lettuce planting followed shortly thereafter.

In other areas, fields are being flood irrigated as ground prep continues.

Arizona's wine grapes are being harvested. For some growers, the season was reportedly hampered by a lengthy heat spell.

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