So, for this weeks County Music Monday, I'm gonna ditch the life lessons and philosophical-ness which I usually try and convey to you all, and replace it with some, well I'm not quite sure yet. I guess I'm winging this post tonight. haha
So this weeks song is CORN STAR by the one and only Craig Morgan. I stumbled upon this song about two weeks ago and immediately fell in LOVE with it. I honestly am a true sucker for funny songs with great innuendos. So thus I present you with.... CORN STAR.
So instead of me relating this song to life, I'm just gonna give you some great CORN facts. Since my family makes a majority of its living fromcorn production, it only seems fit.
So here we go....
- U.S. farmers produce about 40 percent of the world's corn, using only 20 percent of the total area harvested in the world.
One bushel of corn is 56 pounds. That means U.S. farmers
produce an average of more than 9,000 pounds of corn per acre.
If U.S. farmers used crop production practices from 1931
to produce an amount of corn equivalent to the 2008 crop, it would
require 490 million acres—an area more than 120 million acres
larger than the state of Alaska.
Individuals or families own 82 percent of corn farms. Another 6 percent are family-held corporations.
Less than 15 percent of U.S. corn acres are irrigated.
Farmers today produce 70 percent more corn per pound of fertilizer than as recently as the 1970s.
Corn farmers have reduced total fertilizer use by 10 percent since 1980.
According to the USDA, one acre of corn… removes about 8
tons of carbon dioxide from the air in a growing season…at 180
bushels per acre produces enough oxygen to supply a year’s needs
for 131 people.
Corn production has marched steadily upward for decades while using fewer acres.
American farmers produced the five largest corn crops in
history during the past five years. Even after supplying
food-makers, ranchers, ethanol producers and grain exporters,
America will again be able to save 10 percent of this year’s
harvest for the future.
Farmers today grow five times as much corn as they did in
the 1930s — on 20 percent less land. That is still 13 million
acres, or 20,000 square miles, twice the size of Massachusetts.
- The yield per acre has skyrocketed from 24 bushels in 1931 to 154 now, or a six-fold gain.
So again I say, like I always do, it doesn't matter what your choices and opinions are when it comes to your food choices, but it does matter that you are making choices that are based on truth and facts from the people who produce your food. The ones who work extremely hard to produce the safest and healthiest food for us as consumers to enjoy.
You as a consumer are not the only ones who eat the food that farmers and ranchers produce, they eat it as well. So don't you think they would want to raise safe and healthy food? Farmers and Ranchers eat from the same table as the rest of us.
...that's what she saidAshley