Farming on the Mother Road - 9
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Thu Sep 11, 2014 08:13 AM CDT

NEEDLES, Calif. (DTN) -- The Mohave Valley can feel like a blast furnace in the summer, though locals will tell you that any day under 108 Fahrenheit is mild. It's a dry heat, after all.

While the desert heat stands out, the valley has another obvious feature with the flowing blue waters of the Colorado River.

As the first stop in California along Route 66, Needles gets a bum rap as the place in "Grapes of Wrath" where the Joad family first heard the term "Okies" while swimming in the river. Californians didn't want migrant workers and in reality there ...

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