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What Four Crops Make Up 88 Percent of U.S. Farming?

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Touch the Soil News #740 Of the 910 million acres in U.S. cropland, 590 million is in pasture for livestock. The remaining acreage (320 million acres) is what is termed as primary cropland – the land that everything is grown on. Each year at this time (June 30th), the USDA puts out is annual planting report – a listing of how many acres farmers planted of the major crops. For 2017, farmers planted 318.2 million on the nation’s primary cropland. Last year, that acreage was 319.2 million or 1 million acres more. Little known is that 88 percent of all the cropland – 279.6 million acres – is planted into…

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