The farm was very interesting and I have a few facts to keep your brains purkolating....
The Imperial Valley (this is where we are....) receives the most sun in a year than anywhere else in the USA. The sunshine here averages more than 8 hour a day! This includes the winter!
The Imperial Valley only gets three inches of rain a year! Most from Nov. to March. We came here Nov. 28th and it has only rained twice, and the ground did not even get wet during those rains.
Dec. 13, 1932 was the last time it actually snowed in the Imperial Valley.... 4 inches were recorded that day!
With very little rain, all the agricultural is dependent on the Colorado River. Two problems with the river, is the silt that comes with the water, they have to remove it, and the water is salt water, so the farmer do different things to work around that problem
The All American Canal has a big problem. Seaweed grows in the canal. They solved this problem by breeding a type of carp fish that eats this stuff big time. They will only put sterile fish into the canal to avoid them reproducing. They test them first!
There are more than 375 species of birds in the Imperial Valley!
There is over 600,000 acres of land currently in different produce type crops, that will yield over $1,500,000,000.00 in sales.
It is a great area to visit, and tomorrow we are going back to visit the mountains near San Diego. When we passed through them a few days ago, it was dark. There is a State Park we want to go visit, maybe take a hike, and have a picnic lunch.