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U.S. States with the Most Farmland

Name the ten states which have the highest percent of their land area used for farming and ranching.
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First submittedOctober 16, 2017
Last updatedNovember 23, 2017
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State
92.2
Nebraska
89.2
South Dakota
88.9
North Dakota
88.2
Kansas
85.7
Iowa
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State
78.3
Oklahoma
77.8
Texas
75.8
Illinois
64.2
Missouri
64.2
Indiana
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level 82
Nov 24, 2017
Farmland is actually a name of a town in Indiana as well.
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level 77
Nov 30, 2017
Surprised at the most guessed answer until I went back and reread the instructions... *ranching
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level 73
Dec 6, 2017
Took FOREVER to get Missouri for some reason. I even tried Hawaii before trying Missouri.
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level 57
Jan 3, 2018
Me too!
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level 75
Feb 15, 2018
Illinois surprised me
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level 77
Feb 24, 2018
Once you get west of Chicago on I-80 it's basically the same as the rest of these states. 200 miles of corn fields.
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level 43
Nov 8, 2018
yep!
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level 68
Feb 24, 2018
Drive through it - flatter than Kansas
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level 70
Feb 24, 2018
And driving south from Chicago, except for a few areas where rivers change the terrain slightly and a few college towns, there is nothing but absolutely flat farm fields with rich, dark brown soil for hundreds of miles. It is not difficult to go to a place where you cannot see a house or a single tree or a utility pole in any direction. Just empty fields bisected by the road you took to get to that spot. Especially after the harvest in the fall, it can be jarring but it is really beautiful, in its own way. For sure, it's peaceful!
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level 79
Feb 24, 2018
Having driven through all of them many times, I can tell you that the parts of Illinois that are not Chicago are basically indistinguishable from Indiana, Iowa, etc.
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level 49
Feb 24, 2018
no California? if you fly over the southern part there is more agriculture there it seems than in Arizona, which btw abotu 3/4s of AZ is ranch land..
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level 77
Feb 24, 2018
*mildly* surprised to not see California or Alaska on here...but... having driven through the middle of the country where 100% of these states are (and lived in California), it's not really that surprising. Most boring drive of my life was going through Iowa. 300 miles of corn. That was until I got to Nebraska. 400 miles of corn. So many bugs by the time we got to Wyoming it looked like we had slaughtered an animal on the hood of my car.
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level 77
Feb 24, 2018
Had to drive from Chicago to Ogden, Iowa for a funeral and back. I empathize with you, really. At least there was a tornado on the way back to keep things from being completely monotonous.
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level 43
Nov 8, 2018
geez, guys be nice to Iowa....you still drive through Iowa City and Des Moines, well, going east and west anyways.
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level 80
Feb 25, 2018
You fellas haven't ever had to drive across North Dakota, have you? :-)
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level 77
Feb 25, 2018
I haven't... but I can't imagine how it could possibly be worse.

I did drive through the salt flats of Utah, which were more flat and featureless than driving through Nebraska, but in that case it takes it to such an extreme level that it becomes surreal and a bit mesmerizing. When you can't tell the difference between Earth and sky, the landscape and the horizon and the atmosphere all bleed and blur together in a blinding white haze with one perfectly straight black line extending out in front of you seemingly into infinity, slowly disappearing into a shimmer, like driving into the twilight zone. So I feel like Iowa/Nebraska are at the absolute lowest point of being flat, featureless and monotonous until you get to the point where it becomes so extreme that it loops around and becomes interesting again. What's North Dakota like? I've been to South Dakota.
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level 37
Feb 25, 2018
Have any of you driven across Canada? Specifically Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta?
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level 77
Feb 26, 2018
I've only been to the odd habitable places of Canada (southern Ontario)
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level 51
Feb 27, 2018
Don't forget Quebec and Vancouver, for starters. There are also some really nice smaller towns up by and south of the long Alaskan Panhandle.
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level 66
Feb 27, 2018
Ah, yes, North Dakota, the place so flat you can watch your dog run away for three days straight.
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level 53
Feb 25, 2018
Flew from Australia to Dallas to, among other things, drive part of Route 66 from Oklahoma City to Chicago. Was interesting to see the farmland/rural areas in the US- quite different to our own down under! No tornadoes though (sadly?)
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level 43
Nov 8, 2018
well, when there are, you have to get closer than you think to be in danger. Heck, once a tornado took a sleeping baby 10 miles without waking it up.
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level 51
Sep 14, 2018
I drove from West Coast to Midwest a few years ago. I liked the scenery of Nebraska much better than Southern Wyoming.