Change in the corn belt.

J. F. Hart

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New agricultural technology has transformed the Corn Belt from a mixed crop-and-livestock-farming area to a highly specialized cash-grain-farming area. The rural landscape has been greatly modified, but the family farm remains the norm. Its acreage has doubled, but the size of farms still reflects the size of parcels purchased by original settlers from the federal government. Increased farm production requires an export outlet, but global recession and a strong dollar have reduced exports, depressed prices below costs of production, and created serious problems even for the very best farm managers.-Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-72
Number of pages22
JournalGeographical Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


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