Here’s just a fun post highlighting facts about Iowa agriculture.
- Iowa ranks first in the nation in corn, soybean, pork, and chicken egg production (2010).
- Iowa pork producers raise 28% of all U.S. pork.
- Iowa has 92,400 farms. Farm land covers 30.8 million acres.
- The average size of an Iowa farm is around 333 acres (as of 2008). One acre is about the size of a football field without its end zones.
- Iowa has at least 11,000 different soils that make up some of the richest, most productive land in the world.
- Iowa’s 40 ethanol plants have a combined annual capacity of 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol annually, more per year than any other state. Iowa produces nearly 30 percent of the nation’s ethanol. Studies show without ethanol, Americans would pay 20 to 40 cents more per gallon of gasoline.
- Iowa produces the second most wind energy in the nation, helping generate enough electricity to power several hundred thousand homes each year.
- Iowa raised more than 2.15 billion bushels of corn in 2010, or 17 percent of the total U.S. corn crop.
- Iowa raised more than 496 million bushels of soybeans in 2010, or 15 percent of the nation’s total crop.
- Iowa has 6 hogs for every person in the state. There are nearly 19 million hogs being raised in Iowa. Iowa producers marketed nearly 30 million hogs in 2010.
- Iowa is ranked second in the nation in red meat production. Iowa ranks fourth in the United States for cattle on feed. As of January 2011, Iowa had 1.38 million cattle on feed.
- There was an average of 209,000 milk cows on Iowa farms during 2010. A cow will produce an average of 6.3 gallons of milk each day. That’s more than 2,300 gallons each year.
- Iowa ranked seventh in the United States for turkeys marketed with 13.2 million turkeys in 2010.
- Iowa’s total cash receipts for farm commodities in 2010 totaled more than $23 billion – the second highest in the United States.
- Iowa’s total agricultural exports for fiscal year 2010 were valued at more than $7 billion, ranking Iowa second in the nation in agricultural exports.
- Livestock consume 400 million bushels of Iowa-grown corn annually.
- Iowa’s climate is ideal for growing crops. Hot summers help plants grow and cold winters help the soil replenish itself.
Facts from Iowa Farm Bureau and Geisler Farms: Growing Family Fun.
What are some interesting ag facts about where you are from?