Not long now; harvest shifting back to Yuma and Imperial County

Not long now; harvest shifting back to Yuma and Imperial County

Salinas, Calif.- October marks the last month for lettuce, vegetable and berry harvest in Monterey County; and that means the harvest is making it’s way south. During the winter months the desert southwest becomes the hub for vegetables and lettuce production for the entire nation. According to the Monterey County Farm Bureau this harvest proved to be troublesome due to the lack of a viable workforce. Because of the decrease in field workers, many fields went unharvested and in turn meant a loss in revenue for farmers and higher prices for consumers. According to a report from the farm bureau, federal immigration policies are being blamed for the loss. According to the report, many farmers are looking towards mechanical solutions which will save them in both water usage and manpower.

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