"Agriculture" Iowa Local Custom Tip by traveldave

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Agriculture is the most important industry in Iowa, and is an important part of the state's identity and culture. The state is the world's largest producer of corn, and the largest producer of soybeans in the United States. Around 92,600 farms cultivate 30,800,000 acres (12,464,317 hectares) of land, producing 2,430,000,000 bushels of corn and 439,000,000 bushels of soybeans annually. The raising of hogs and cattle is also an important aspect of the state's agricultural economy. About 19,000,000 hogs and 3,950,000 cattle are brought to market each year.

The reason for Iowa's agricultural importance is due to its rich soil and climate. No other area of comparable size on earth can compare to Iowa in agricultural wealth or output. The state has about 11,000 varieties of soil which are the most productive in the entire world for raising crops. Therefore, most of the state has been converted to farmland. The climate is also ideal for crop production. Hot, humid summers allow for the maximum production of crops per acre, and cold winters allow the soil to replenish itself.

Visitors to Iowa can take advantage of the state's agricultural wealth by purchasing fresh produce at the thousands of farmers' markets located in just about every small town and large city.

Although Iowa does not have any spectacular mountains or other natural wonders, there is a subtle beauty in the cultivated rolling hills.

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  • Updated Nov 5, 2010
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