I'm cheating a bit today. I took this photo when Nashville Daily Photo visited Plain City, Ohio about two weeks ago.
As you can probably tell, this is a corn field. As we drove up I-71 from Cincinnati, we were amazed at all the corn fields we saw this year. Most years, we see soy beans planted all over the place with a few corn fields here and there. This year, corn was king due, we think, to the push for ethanol. The corn looked great - tall and green, and my brother-in-law said the crops were pretty good this year. This corn, by the way, is field corn, meaning it won't make it to your table, although animals might enjoy eating it!
A couple of facts about CORN (in case you were wondering):
* Corn is about 6000 years old.
* Corn is America's #1 field crop.
* Corn is a member of the grass family (No kidding!).
* Farmers plant approximately 27,000 seeds/acre (WOW!).
* There are approximately 800 kernels per ear of corn.
* Over 50% of corn produced in the US is grown in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Minnesota.
* Over 50% of Iowa's crop is exported.
* Over 50% of the US corn crop is used for feed.
* Corn and/or corn byproducts are used in numerous foods.
There's more, but I don't want you to get bored!
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