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Iowa agriculture
Iowa agriculture

Iowa is the nation’s third most productive agricultural state, behind only California and Texas in the value of its yearly farm output. In 2008 there were 92,600 farms in Iowa, covering 12.5 million hectares (30.8 million acres). Some 86 percent of Iowa’s farmland is devoted to crops, and the rest was mostly pasture. A large share of Iowa’s farms, 67 percent, produced annual income of more than $10,000. Many of the remaining farms were sidelines for operators who held other jobs. In 2006 the sale of crops generated 48 percent of Iowa’s total farm income. The rest came from livestock and livestock products.

Iowa is the nation’s third most productive agricultural state, behind only California and Texas in the value of its yearly farm output. In 2008 there were 92,600 farms in Iowa, covering 12.5 million hectares (30.8 million acres). Some 86 percent of Iowa’s farmland is devoted to crops, and the rest was mostly pasture. A large share of Iowa’s farms, 67 percent, produced annual income of more than $10,000. Many of the remaining farms were sidelines for operators who held other jobs. In 2006 the sale of crops generated 48 percent of Iowa’s total farm income. The rest came from livestock and livestock products.

Corn is the most important crop raised in the state. More than half of the annual corn crop is fed to livestock, particularly cattle and hogs. In addition, some corn is sold directly for making popcorn (of which Iowa is a major producer), breakfast cereals, and other foodstuffs, for making various kinds of livestock feed, and for whiskey distilling and other industrial purposes. Nearly all of the corn is hybrid corn, which provides greater yields per acre than nonhybrid corn and is resistant to disease or to prolonged drought. Iowa hybrid seed corn is much in demand in other Midwestern states.

Soybeans, the state’s second most valuable crop in terms of cash sales, are a versatile crop with many uses on the farm and in industry. The bean and the oil extracted from it are used in making manufactured livestock feed, foodstuffs, and a wide range of industrial products. In addition, the soybean plant itself is used as hay in summer or as silage in winter.

The soybean gives the Iowa farmer a high yield per acre, rivaling that of corn, and it provides one of the most nutritious livestock feeds. As a leguminous plant, it is also an important factor in crop rotation because it restores nitrogen to the soil. Hay, grown throughout the state, includes alfalfa, red clover, and timothy. Oats are used in providing livestock feed and in making foodstuffs. They yield less per acre than corn, but they play an important part in crop rotation on Iowa farms. Other Iowa crops raised in smaller quantities are wheat, vegetables, and apples. The famous red delicious apple was first developed in Iowa. "Indiana" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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