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Old 07-31-2007, 12:59 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I'm sure we all know that the Midwest (and the Great Plains) are the bread and butter of farmland for this country, producing milk, cheese, soybeans, hemp, rice, grain, and corn. I guess I thought I'd just toss this out there....if I were a farmer, and was looking for a Midwestern state to farm in, which one would you recommend...Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, or Michigan? I have heard that Wisconsin and Iowa have some very rich farmland....which of these states would you recommend? All 8 of these I know are CRUCIAL for the production of corn.
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Old 07-31-2007, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs,CO
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I was gonna say Iowa,and I bet Illinois would be good too.
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Old 07-31-2007, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Iowa and Illinois seem to have soil that allows MANY types of farming. Other states seem to specialize in only growing certain things. I could be wrong, but the soil out here seems perfect for just about anything (that can tolerate the winter temps). Correct me if Im wrong...
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Old 07-31-2007, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Well, the top 6 Corn producers are:

South Dakota
Minnesota
Nebraska
Iowa
Illinoise
Indianna

Not necessarily in that order.

The reason I picked corn was that you can't just grow it anywhere. There are a lot of soils that corn doesn't do well.

Plus, it's one of the biggest crops grown.
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Old 07-31-2007, 02:26 PM
 
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OMG..who cares
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:09 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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OMG..who cares
....If you don't have anything to say, please don't say it. I'm simply trying to get input from other people...I don't care whether the topic is "cool" or not....I'm looking for information and opinions, not popularity
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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OMG..who cares
People who want to make $$$.

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Old 07-31-2007, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Illinoise
Indianna
Yikes!
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have heard that Wisconsin and Iowa have some very rich farmland....
You'll actually find the farms of Wisconsin are pretty heavily concentrated in the southern half of the state. For starters, a good portion of Western Wisconsin is pretty difficult to farm because it was not glaciated, meaning it's very hilly. There are still farms there, but not big corporate mega-farms that spread as far as the eye can see like in Illinois/Iowa/Missouri/etc. Second, the winters in upper Wisconsin are so long that the growing season would not be long enough to make it worth the while. The most important agricultural product upstate is lumber. Lots of cranberry bogs up north too. Ocean Spray has a pretty big growing operation up in Oneida County, and a plant in Wisconsin Rapids. Cranberry products of every type are pretty common up north: cranberry wine, cranberry mustard, cranberry potpourri, cranberry chutney, cranberry incense, yogurt-covered cranberry raisins, et cetera. I'm surprised they don't sell cranberry underarm deodorant up there. Someone's probably working on it.
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Yikes!
I know, it kind of surprised me. I was thinking the best production of corn would be Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Ohio and such. Of which Iowa was the only one that made the list.
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