Graphical Display of Major US Crops, 2009

October 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm 4 comments

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Major US Crops

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  • 1. Lars  |  October 6, 2009 at 5:52 pm


    Your figure is misleading.

    • 2. andykleinschmidt  |  October 6, 2009 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks for the comment Lars. I wasn’t going for geometrically correct circles based on area, rather, I was illustrating a point with a focus to raise awareness of agriculture. I think, though, that you raise a valid point about the original graphic being misleading. That was certainly not my intent. I have updated the graphic using geometrically correct circles based on area for exact comparison. Thanks!

  • 3. Harl Delos  |  October 6, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I love charts like this, even when they are about things I don’t care a bit about.

    On the other hand, as a retired editor, I have this intense desire to scream, “Sugar beets is two words, not one. You don’t raise hay, you raise timothy or clover or alfalfa, and you make hay. And you don’t raise canola, you raise low-ecruic-acid rape, and you make canola oil from crushing the rapeseed and purifying oil.”

    Please overlook my inner editor. He’s unbearable at times. (Be glad you don’t have to live with him constantly, as I do.) Instead, accept my attaboy for an interesting post.

    There used to be some fields of asparagus along US 127 north of Van Wert. I don’t recall when they disappeared. Maybe 1960 or 1970? Raising tomatoes was back-breaking work, and I hated it at the time, but today, most NW Ohio farmers don’t raise food at all. Of the 11 crops you list, only 2 of them are actually food – rice and taters – instead of products that are processed into food, feed or fiber. Sometime when you have some time, it’d be interesting to see the top ten food crops, and see how they compare to field corn, wheat, soybeans, etc.

    • 4. andykleinschmidt  |  October 6, 2009 at 11:26 pm

      Whenever I see a comment has popped up on my blog I hope it is from you Harl. Your comments are always great! Thanks for sharing your opinions here. Good idea on the the top ten food crops!


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