The 10 Million Acre Land Rush

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David A. Widmar

Earlier posts have examined the recent expansion of corn acres across the U.S.and what states these acres came from. The results were surprising; nine states accounted for 64% of the additional acres. Furthermore, North Dakota added the most acres, 1.6 million, and had the largest percentage change in acres, an increase of more than 120%.

These results left me wondering how farmers were “finding” acres for an additional 14.1 million acres of corn. After digging through data for a while, my curiosity led me to an interesting trend; more acres of productive farmland.

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