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Global wheat production

21 August 2014 1 comment

If all of the world’s wheat fields were crammed together, this is how much space they’d take:

wheat

Global sunflower production

17 August 2014 Leave a comment

In 2013-2014, the world’s sunflower fields covered about 99,969 square miles. That’s pretty close to the total square mileage of Louisiana and Mississippi combined (100,277 square miles). 

Imagine if those two states were nothing but sunflower fields…sunflowers

Categories: agriculture

Global maize (corn) production

15 August 2014 1 comment

Here’s something different from what I normally do. I found myself wondering recently about the amount of corn grown in the world. I found out here that in 2014-15, an estimated 175.5 million hectares of land is under corn production.

How much is that?

Well, it turns out that 175.5 million hectares is about 677,606 square miles.

This five states shaded in this map total 678,660 square miles, which is pretty close to the amount of land in the world under corn production.
Global Corn Production

What do you think? Should I post more maps like this? 

Categories: agriculture, economy

The U.S. ranks 1st in horse exports

1 March 2013 1 comment

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, in 2010 the United States exported $414,788,000 worth of horses, or 20.6% of the world’s total value of horse exports. That is enough to make the United States rank first in that category.

Horse exports

The U.S. ranks 16th in apricots

9 February 2013 Leave a comment

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, in 2010 the United States produced 60,237 metric tonnes of apricots. That is enough to make the United States rank sixteenth out of sixty-nine countries ranked in that category. Turkey ranks first, producing 476,132 metric tonnes of apricots.

apricot production

The U.S. ranks 2nd in alfalfa exports

20 October 2012 2 comments

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, in 2010 the United States exported 258,983 metric tonnes of alfalfa meal and pellets, or 19.8% of the world’s exports of that item. That was enough to make the United States rank  second out of eighty-six countries ranked in that category. Spain ranked first, exporting 473,004 tonnes, or 36.2% of the world’s exports.

The U.S. ranks 2nd in beef exports

30 May 2012 Leave a comment

According to the International Trade Centre, in 2010 the United States exported $1,876,306,000 worth of  “meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled,” or 10.4% of all the fresh or chilled beef exports in the world. That is enough to make the United States rank second in that category. Netherlands ranks first, exporting $2,172,798,000 (or 12.0%) of the world’s beef.