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 author traces the history of the farm safety movement in the Corn Belt from 1940 to 1975.
Corn and soybean crop development across large swaths of the eastern Corn Belt was also hampered, resulting in a shortfall of marketable bushels and a persistently tight basis.
Keywords: Corn Belt, extreme weather/climate, yields
In the Corn Belt, Northern Plains, and Lake States, 72%, 75%, and 75% of the farms received government payments, respectively, compared to 44% in the PNW (Table 1).
We use that platform to bring farmers from around Corn Belt together each week to talk about important issues that affect their farming operations.
Some regions of the corn belt have been under a severe drought, while other parts have been inundated with too much water in recent years, creating a shortage.
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.
com)-- Three new corn genetic platforms designed to deliver a yield advantage in water-limited environments in the Western Corn Belt are now available from Hoegemeyer Hybrids for the 2012 growing season.
Many areas that are well suited for certain crops will likely remain so; the central Corn Belt will continue to be the best place to grow corn.
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.