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Imagery of Yuma crops in 2020 from the VENuS satellite. The reds indicate dense, chlorophyll-rich vegetation while the blues indicate bare soil and non-vegetated surfaces.

MARICOPA — Southern Arizona is home to one of the largest and most important agricultural regions in the United States. In fact, it’s more than likely that the romaine in your last Postmates order, the L in your BLT sandwich and the spinach currently wilting in your fridge are all from the same agricultural hub to the west of Pinal County: Yuma.

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Eddy covariance devices measure water use in agricultural fields.

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A figure showing the salinity levels of a given field after different crops.

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Katie Sawyer covers Maricopa and the surrounding area for PinalCentral, including city, education, business, crime and more. She can be reached at ksawyer@pinalcentral.com.

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