The Imperial Valley in southern California stretches 3,640 square miles. About 28 percent of the valley is cultivated and produces citrus fruit, dates, grapes, sugar beets, many kinds of vegetables, small grains, flaxseed, hay and pasture grasses. Soils consist of very fertile, alluvial deposits from the Colorado River flood plain and may be as deep as a mile in some places. The valley is well-known for its midwinter salad vegetables. Shipments of crisp head lettuce, leaf lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage start in December and continue until March. Spring production of warm-season vegetables starts in late April with onions, sweet corn, bell pepper, chili peppers, cantaloupes and assorted melons. Total annual vegetable production is around 115,000 acres worth $350 million.
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