What Do They Grow in Kansas?

A blog about the food, agriculture, and culture of Kansas.

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Introduction

Kansas is a state located in the Midwestern United States. The state’s nickname is the “Sunflower State” and its official motto is “Ad Astra per Aspera” which means “To the stars through difficulties.” The state flower of Kansas is, appropriately enough, the sunflower. Kansas is known for its agriculture, and it produces a variety of crops including wheat, corn, soybeans, and sorghum. The state is also a leading producer of beef and poultry.

The Wheat State

Kansas is nicknamed the Wheat State due to its leading position in wheat production in the United States. In 2019, Kansas produced 431 million bushels of wheat, accounting for 15% of the total wheat production in the country. The majority of the wheat grown in Kansas is hard red winter wheat, a type of wheat that is used to make bread and other baked goods. Other crops grown in Kansas include corn, soybeans, sorghum, and barley.

The Sunflower State

Kansas is nicknamed the “Sunflower State” because of the large number of sunflowers that grow there. Other important crops grown in Kansas include wheat, sorghum, soybeans, corn, and hay.

The Corn State

Corn is king in Kansas, which produces more of the grain than any other state except Iowa. The vast majority of the corn grown in Kansas is used for animal feed. In fact, the state is one of the top beef-producing states in the country. Cattle ranching is a way of life in Kansas, where the expansive grasslands are perfect for grazing.

But it’s not all corn and cattle in Kansas. The state is also a leading producer of wheat, sorghum, and soybeans. And there’s more to the agriculture industry than crops. Kansas is home to many large animal feedlots, where cattle are fattened up on grain before being sent to slaughter. The state also has many large dairy farms and pork production facilities.

The Dairy State

Kansas is known for its agriculture. The state is a leading producer of wheat, corn, soybeans, sorghum, and hay. It is also one of the top 10 states for cattle production. Kansas is sometimes called “The Dairy State” because it ranks 5th in the nation in dairy production.

The Livestock State

Kansas is widely known as the “Livestock State,” but it actually ranks fourth in the nation in livestock production. Cattle, hogs, and sheep are all important to Kansas agriculture, but the state is also a leading producer of poultry and eggs.

Kansas is a major wheat-producing state, ranking third in the nation in wheat harvested. Other important crops include sorghum, corn, soybeans, hay, and oats. In addition to crops, Kansas produces significant amounts of salt and crude petroleum.

The Fruit and Vegetable State

In Kansas, we grow a lot of different things! The state is nicknamed the “Fruit and Vegetable State” because of all the different produce that is grown here. Kansas is a top producer of wheat, soybeans, sorghum, and corn. We also grow a lot of sunflowers, cattle, and hogs.

The Grain State

Kansas is known as the “Grain State” because of its leading position in the production of wheat. Other crops grown in Kansas include soybeans, corn, and sorghum. Kansas is one of the top ten states in the production of these crops.

The Oil and Gas State

Kansas is a big producer of oil and gas. In fact, it is one of the top producing states in the country. The state also produces a lot of wheat, corn, and other grains. Kansas is a big agriculture state.

The Coal State

Kansas is known as the Coal State and is one of the top producers of coal in the United States. Coal is a sedimentary rock that is used as a fuel source. Kansas has a long history of coal mining and there are still many active mines in the state. In addition to coal, Kansas also produces oil, natural gas, and uranium.

The Flint Hills

The Flint Hills of Kansas are a winding band of land stretching from the Nebraska state line in the north to central Oklahoma in the south. The area is named for the sharply weathered bedrock that breaks through the grassy surface—flint, a type of chert, is abundant in the area. In addition to stunning views and abundant wildlife, the Flint Hills are home to some of the best grazing land in North America.

The Flint Hills ecoregion is a mixture of prairie and tallgrass ecosystems that Once covered 170 million acres (68 million hectares) of North America, today only 4 percent of this ecosystem remains. The Flint Hills are one of the last remaining strongholds for this threatened ecosystem and are home to more than 50 species of grasses and wildflowers. The dominant grasses include big bluestem, Indiangrass, and switchgrass—all of which are an important food source for grazing animals.

Bison, elk, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, quail, turkey, and many other species call the Flint Hills home. The area is also home to more than 200 different types of birds, including several species of raptors such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons.

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