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Home Grown: Lettuce harvest in full swing

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - In today's Home Grown, local lettuce harvest is in full swing in the winter lettuce capital of the United States.

The Yuma area, as well as the Imperial Valley, produces about 90 percent of leafy greens from November through March.

As it is too cold to grow in the rest of the country.

Driving through Yuma in the winter you pass countless fields of greens.

The seed was planted back in September, and the harvest began just a few weeks ago.

This wouldn't be possible, however, without the hard work of dedicated field laborers.

Today, the workers cut heads of romaine down to usable size, washed them in chlorinated water, and put them on a conveyor belt, loading them onto a truck.

After harvest, the lettuce is processed and then shipped to cities across North America.

In just days, lettuce harvested today will be on someone's dinner table in New York and even parts of Canada.

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