By Tyne Morgan
The ag industry has more than $71 billion impact on this state’s economy. It’s the state that leads in the production of tart cherries and ranks third nationally in apple production. It’s also the top producer of cucumbers grown for pickles in the United States. Oh, and one more little clue. This state is home to the “seed capital of the world.” Any ideas of what state this could be yet?
It’s the state of Michigan. With an auto industry that’s not what it once was, agriculture is more important now than ever.
In my travels through Michigan, growers spoke about why agriculture is the shining star for the state and much more.
I also visited Constantine, Michigan, which is the seed corn capital of the world. Due to sandy soils, the ground is ideal for seed corn production.. And thanks to irrigation and accessible water, production in the area is good. But more than just corn, production growers also grow soybeans, green beans and more. Although this title is self proclaimed, there’s a Facebook group for it. And doesn’t posting something on Facebook make it official? I think so.
You can check out Tyne’s Indiana harvest update on Monsanto.com
For more photos of Tyne’s trip, check out the slideshow on Flickr