Iowa, the Corn State

Yes, it’s true, Iowa is made up of mostly corn. Farmers around the state plant over 13 million acres of it each year. And, while some people traveling through Iowa might find field after field of corn ugly and boring to look at, most of us locals love it. Not only is it fun to watch it grow in perfectly planted rows, but those golden kernels represent a way of life for many. Their livelihood, as well as our future, depend on it.

Money grows in rows in Iowa. It feeds our families, our livestock, and fuels our cars. Since our acreage is surrounded by crops, I have the pleasure of watching the process from start (planting in the spring) to finish (harvest in the fall), with the ability to photograph it at every stage. Below are images of corn at its current state; tall, green, and begging for all the heat and humidity it can get. In the evening, as the sun sets, the golden glow over the towering stalks begs to be photographed. And, since it’s just a stones throw from my front step, I can’t help but indulge it.

So, the next time you find yourself road-tripping through our flyover state, take a look around and think about all the ways our beautiful corn is a part of your life. I’ll bet there’s more than you think.

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Looking between two rows of evenly spaced corn on a hot summer day.

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This ear of corn couldn’t wait for fall to peek its kernels out.

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A crop duster circles over a cornfield preparing to spray pesticides over the field.

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Crop duster over a cornfield.

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A crop duster sprays pesticides on a cornfield.

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Rows and rows of corn as far as the eye can see. I see this particular field daily, as it is right outside my window.

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The sun setting over a tall cornfield.

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