State Quiz - Iowa

Can you guess these facts about the U.S. state of Iowa?
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Last updated: September 8, 2020
First submittedSeptember 4, 2019
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Capital city
Des Moines
Second most populous city
Cedar Rapids
Fourth most populous city - named for a Native American group
Sioux City
River that forms the state's eastern border
U.S. states that border Iowa
South Dakota
County famous for its covered bridges
Madison County
State nickname
The Hawkeye State
Iowa is the #1 producer of this crop
The University of Iowa has dominated this sport, winning 23 NCAA championships
This 1928 invention by Otto Frederick Rohwedder was the greatest thing since ... ever
Sliced bread
Graduates of this program include Wallace Stegner, Jane Smiley,
and Flannery O'Connor
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Every four years, Iowa hosts the nation's first Presidential _____
This Iowa-born scientist doubled wheat yields in India, Pakistan, and Mexico,
saving millions from starvation
Norman Borlaug
Movie about a farmer who built a baseball field
Field of Dreams
President born in West Branch in 1874
Herbert Hoover
Level 84
Sep 5, 2019
If you do not know the story of Norman Borlaug, you need to look him up and read his tale. Then drink a toast to this heroic scientist and the lives he has saved.
Level 80
Dec 30, 2019
Yeah but Captain Kirk saved the whole planet multiple times.
Level 34
Apr 11, 2020
Level 65
Dec 30, 2019
I was just going to comment that I've never heard of this guy, but he sounds awesome and I am going to look him up. One of the instances where it's great that a quiz includes an answer that almost no one will know.
Level 79
Dec 30, 2019
I agree with everything you say about his saving lives. However, I grew up in a farm family which participated in that drastic change in farming practices. We were told by our bankers to farm "fencerow to fencerow" because the world needed our food, and we all would have to get on board with the new way if we wanted to stay competitive. So, we plowed up our marginal land, bought bigger, more expensive equipment and purchased all sorts of expensive herbicides and insecticides to do what manual labor had done formerly. Universities sent experts to places like Brazil to teach farmers there how to grow soybeans - the rainforest seemed like a good place to start. Miracle hybrids grew ten times the amount of grain per acre as the old varieties. However, individual plants didn't absorb any more nutrients from the soil, it was merely divided many times among all the extra seeds per plant, so there is some controversy that the new grains aren't as nutritive as the old varieties.
Level 79
Dec 30, 2019
Irrigation was promoted which has caused problems with low water tables in some areas, and flushing chemicals into ditches which killed animals. We used to catch crawdads in the ditches to use as fish bait. I haven't seen any in the ditches for decades. There was more dependency on oil with the new pesticides and more trips through the field to spray them. Many small farmers were put out of business because they didn't have the money to invest in the new methods and bankers wanted to support farmers who were open to modernization. So, yes, Borlaug can be credited with saving starving people - many, many people. However, as with most revolutions, there were also negative consequences that weren't foreseen at the time, which are still causing problems today. I'm not taking away from his success, I'm just injecting a little realism from one who can now see it from both sides (and is grateful that she can now grow her own food organically.)
Level 82
Sep 10, 2020
*sad Davenport noises*