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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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U.S. Crop Planting Report – Food Diversity Continues at Disconcerting Lows

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Touch the Soil News #430 Every year, the USDA reports on the crops planted on the nation’s primary crop acres. For 2016, the nation’s primary cropland totaled 323,427,000 acres. Of these acres, a stunning 88 percent (284,779,000 acres) were planted to just four (4) crops: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat and Hay (See Info Graphic #1 which illustrates the imbalance). The remaining 12 percent of the crop acres included all other crops such as oats, rice, rye, flax, safflower, sunflower, peanuts, cotton, sugar beets, sugarcane, tobacco, beans, peas, lentils, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Even in these crops there has been material degeneration in terms of the varieties planted. Iowa corn field. For…

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