31 Jul '11, 2pm

Iowa grows more grain than CANADA. You read that right:

Iowa grows more grain than CANADA. You read that right:

Iowa is an agricultural superpower, simultaneously eclipsing Canada in grain production and challenging China in soybean production. No, these are not mathematical errors. Last year, Iowa’s farmers harvested 55 million tons of grain, while Canada’s farmers harvested only 45 million tons. Over the last five years, Iowa has averaged 57 million tons a year to Canada’s 49 million tons. While Canada has more than 30 million acres of grain, mostly wheat, Iowa has only 13 million acres of grain, almost entirely corn. The difference in yield per acre is huge: just 1.4 tons in Canada against more than four tons in Iowa. Iowa produced 13 million tons of soybeans in 2010, while China produced 15 million tons, mirroring its average production figures over the past five years. While Iowa has less than 10 million acres in soybeans, China has 22 million acres. Yield per acre in Iowa is 1...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-07-27-iowa-eclipses-can...

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