Corn Belt

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Corn Belt,

major agricultural region of the U.S. Midwest where corn acreage once exceeded that of any other crop. It is now commonly called the Feed Grains and Livestock Belt. Located in the north central plains, it is centered in Iowa and Illinois and extends into S Minnesota, SE South Dakota, E Nebraska, NE Kansas, N Missouri, Indiana, and W Ohio. Large-scale commercial and mechanized farming prevails in this region of deep, fertile, well-drained soils and long, hot, humid summers. The belt produces much of the U.S. corn crop, but agriculture has diversified; soybeans are an important yield. Winter wheat and alfalfa are also significant crops in the area.
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The sites we studied are representative of about 74 million acres of the Northern Plains and northern Corn Belt," Liebig says.
Keywords: Corn Belt, extreme weather/climate, yields
The study confirms that even with coarse resolution, the satellite method could estimate the photosynthetic activity occurring inside plants at the molecular level for areas with relatively homogenous vegetation like the Corn Belt.
Weekly drought maps published by the University of Nebraska show the drought-stricken area spreading across more and more of the country until it engulfed virtually the entire Corn Belt.
8220;Hoegemeyer Hybrids is excited to offer growers in the Western Corn Belt these new Optimum[R] AQUAmax[TM] hybrids for the 2012 growing season,” says Stephan Becerra, Hoegemeyer General Manager.
A study in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that streams throughout the GM corn belt in Midwestern America are contaminated with insecticidal proteins that originate from adjacent genetically modified crops.
Located in the corn belt of Europe, the Boleraz plant, part of Tate & Lyle's Eaststarch joint venture, benefits from the area's attractive agronomics as well as superior economies of scale.
This is particularly important in the eastern corn belt where tile drainage dominates the agricultural landscape.
Kiniry and colleagues simulated growing corn and four varieties of switchgrass in the southern and northern Great Plains and the Corn Belt.
In a survey of 3,500 Corn Belt farmers in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota, only 18 percent of respondents reported ever using cover crops, though most believed that doing so would increase soil organic matter and reduce erosion.
BioFuel Energy is a development stage company currently engaged in constructing two 115 million gallons per year ethanol plants in the Midwestern corn belt.