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Agriculture

The Imperial Valley’s fertile soil and mild climate allow farmers to enjoy year-round planting, cultivation and harvest. The mild climate and fertile soil – along with the availability of the Colorado River – make the Valley one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. There are over one million total acres within district boundaries. In 2013, 549,784 acres of Imperial Valley land was farmed to produce over one billion in field, vegetable and permanent crops. About one out of every three jobs is directly related to agriculture. The total gross agricultural production was over one billion.

Top 10 Commodities for 2013
Cattle
Alfalfa
Head Lettuce
Broccoli
Leaf Lettuce
Bermuda grass
Carrots
Onions
Sugar Beets
Sudan grass

Harvest Schedule

January-March
Asparagus
Broccoli
Carrots
Lettuce
Cabbage
Romaine
Dehydrator Onions
Bunching Onions
Alfalfa
Citrus

April-June
Asparagus
Okra
Garlic
Cantaloupe
Fresh Market Onions
Seed Onions
Tomatoes
Honeydews
Watermelon
Flax
Sweet Corn
Summer Squash
Banana Squash
Alfalfa
Wheat
Sudan Grass
Sugar Beets

July-September
Seed Onions
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Casaba
Okra
Banana Squash
Alfalfa
Wheat
Flax
Sesbania
Summer Squash
Grain Sorghums
Forage Sorghums
Sugar Beets

October-December
Broccoli
Cantaloupe
Carrots
Lettuce
Cabbage
Cucumbers
Casaba Honeydew
Persian
Rapini
Okra
Romaine
Bunching Onions
Summer Squash
Alfalfa
Cotton
Sesbania
Forage Sorghums
Grain Sorghums

Commodity — Year — Harvest Acreage — Value

Live Stock
2013 — 617,371,000
2012 — 483,833,000

Field Crops
2013 — 332,727 — 470,461,000
2012 — 396,839 — 587,977,000

Vegetables & Melon Crops
2013 — 121,371 — 865,401,000
2012 — 118,940 — 718,219,000

Fruit & Nut Crops
2013 — 7,793 — 100,019,000
2012 — 6,164 — 85,154,000

Seed & Nursery Crops
2013 — 68,037 — 100,557,000
2012 — 43,429 — 68,877,000

Apiary Products
2013 — 4,708,000
2012 — 3,144,000

Total — 2013 — 529,928 — 2,158,517,000
Total — 2012 — 565,372 — 1,945,759,000

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