Dakotas Invest in Corn Acreage

July 21, 2016 11:28 AM
Dakotas Invest in Corn Acreage

The eastern Corn Belt may have its I-states, but the western Corn Belt has its own version: the D-states.

According analysis by University of Illinois agriculture economist Gary Schnitkey, North Dakota and South Dakota increased their harvest corn acreage by 2.5 million acres between 2004-05 and 2014-15.

That means the Dakotas represented nearly 35% of the 7.2 million acre increase in corn acres for the country overall.

Other top contributors were Nebraska (up 1 million acres), Iowa (up .7 million acre), Kansas (up .7 million acre) and Minnesota (up .6 million acre)

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