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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