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Farm Workers Harvest in the Moonlight

La Opinion, Posted: May 26, 2008

IMPERIAL VALLEY, Calif.Instead of starting their day at four in the morning, when temperatures average 80 degrees, migrant farm workers have started harvesting crops at 10 p.m. at night, to avoid the extreme heat of the day, reports Spanish Language newspaper, La Opinion. The temperature in the Imperial Valley averages 106 degrees, and we are just in May, said Delia Gomez, a farm worker supervisor who has been harvesting for 20 years. Gomez told La Opinion that the change is for the better, since the days heat and the hot crops burn the workers, in spite of their protective clothing. Imperial Valley closely borders Mexico and Arizona.

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