Farmlandnetwork.com posted these farm facts:
- U.S. farmers produce 46% of the world’s soybeans, 41% of the world’s corn, 20.5% of the world’s cotton 13% of the world’s wheat.
- Minnesota leads the nation in producing sugarbeets, turkeys, oats and sweet corn and green peas for processing. The state is second only to California in wild rice production. The state is also a major producer of spring wheat, canola, hogs, dry beans and milk cows.
- China has 20% of worlds population, only 9% of worlds arable land. Last yr US exported $14.7 billion of crops to China.
- Founded in 1928, the Future Farmers of America brought together students, teachers and agribusiness to solidify support for agricultural education. In Kansas City’s Baltimore Hotel, 33 young farmboys charted a course for the future.
- California produced 72 percent of the fresh asparagus. Michigan and Washington produced the remaining 28 percent of U.S. fresh asparagus as well as all of U.S. asparagus for processing.
- Arkansas farmers produce around 1.2 billion broiler chickens annually. Two-thirds of the corn grown in Arkansas is fed ot the poultry industry.
- There were 91.9 billion eggs produces in the United States in 2012. Iowa was the leading state at 14.5 billions. Other leading states inclued CA, IN, OH, and PA.
- Corn has surpassed cotton in acreage in Arkansas for the first time in 40 years. Still the nations leader in rice production.
- During the the last 25-year span, every state lost prime farmland. States with the biggest losses included Texas (1.5 million), Ohio (796,000), North Carolina (766,000), California (616,000) and Georgia (566,000).
- Texas produces about 25% of the entire U.S. crop and plants over 5 million acres annually. That’s over 8,000 square miles of cotton fields
- Roundup herbicide was commercialized in the U.S. by Monsanto in 1976. Roundup is the brand name of a systemic, broad-spectrum herbicde and contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the US. Roundup has been the number one selling herbicide worldwide since at least 1980.
- Nebraska has 45.6 millon acres of land used for farming. This is 92.7% of the 49.2 million acres of land in the entire state.
- California is the country’s leading producer of tree nuts. Nearly 90 percent of each year’s tree nut production is harvested from the state’s orchards, including almost all almonds, pistachios and walnuts.
- The average Turkey is 15 pounds, sporting about 70 percent white and 30 percent dark meat.
- California has approximatley 25.3 million acres of farmland with 2000 different types of soil.
- Farmland is about 66% of the land use in the state of Missouri.
- Approximately 70% of popcorn is eaten in the home (home popped and pre-popped) and about 30% outside the home (theaters, stadiums, schools, etc.).
- There are about 1000 farms that grow onions on approximateyl 125,000 acres in the United States.
- The average salad in the U.S. is transported roughly 1,400 miles from farm to table, and in the Northeast U.S., most of the fresh food comes from more than 3,000 miles away.
- Agriculture provides livelihood to about 65% of India’s labor force. The farmers and their families use most of their crops. Half of all Indian farms are less than 2.5 acres. Only 4% cover more than 25 acres (10 hectares). About 2/3rds of the farmers in India own their own land. Most of their farms become smaller and smaller with each generation because of inheritance customs.
- More than half of the nation’s cranberries are produced in Wisconsin followed by Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.
- North Dakota typically produces about half and South Dakota nearly a quarter of the yearly U.S. sunflower crop. North Dakota’s 2010 sunflower crop totaled nearly 1.3 billion pounds, down 5 percent from 2009, and was valued at nearly $270.8 million, up from 2009. The 2010 sunflower crop in South Dakota was valued at nearly $153.5 million, also up from the previous year. (NASS 2011)
- Total farmland in the country was estimated at 917 million acres, a decrease of 1.85 million acres from 2010. The average size of a farm increased nationally from 419 acres in 2010 to 420 acres in 2011.
- The United States remains a major producer of cotton for the international market, ranking third behind China and India. The United States also remains the leading cotton exporter in the world. Six countries–Brazil, China, India, Pakistan, Turkey and the United States–are the top consumers of the world’s cotton (ERS). February 2011
- Pennsylvania is the leading state producing agaricus mushrooms. The state supplied 64 percent of the nation’s production, with California second at around 14 percent of U.S. production. The farms that produced Pennsylvania’s 501.2 million pounds of mushrooms in 2009 are concentrated in the southeastern portion of the state.
- Oregon leads the nations in the production of blackberries, hazelnuts, loganberries, black raspberries, ryegrass seed, orchard grass seed, crimson clover, fescue seed, boysen and young berries, sugarbeets for seed, red clover seed, potted florist azaleas, Christmas trees, Dungeness crab and storage onions.
- North Dakota ranks first in the nation in the production of many crops. Here is the list and the % of U.S. total: Spring wheat 50% Durum 56% Barley 35% Sunflowers 43% Dry edible beans 34% Pinto beans 56% Flaxseed 95% Canola 90% Honey 24%.
Read more at http://www.farmlandnetwork.com/blog_post.php?id=27.
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