A total of 40 new maps have been prepared, showing major crop-producing areas in the United States, China, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. Earlier versions of these maps appeared in the Major World Crop Areas and Climatic Profiles (MWCACP) handbook that contains climatological data, agricultural statistics, and crop calendar information for major agricultural areas worldwide, and serves as a reference for evaluating the effects of weather on world crop production. The new maps, listed by country and commodity, supplement the MWCACP publication by updating illustrations of cropping patterns in these countries:
- United States: barley, corn, cotton, flaxseed, peanuts, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugarbeets, sugarcane, durum wheat, spring wheat, and winter wheat
- China: corn, cotton, groundnuts, rapeseed, rice, soybeans, sugarcane, and wheat
- India: corn, cotton, groundnuts, rapeseed, rice, soybeans, sugarcane, and wheat
- Pakistan: cotton, rice, and wheat
- South Africa: corn, cotton, oranges, soybeans, sugarcane, sunflowers, and wheat
These maps were developed by the USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board through a contract with the George Mason University Environmental Science and Technology Center. PDF versions of these maps, and the MWCACP publication (1994 revised), are available here.
Each week, Fill Your Plate will highlight a different crop grown in the United States. This week, we highlight apples. It may surprise you to learn that they are grown right here in Arizona! For delicious recipes for your locally grown apples, see our list of apple recipes on the Fill Your Plate Recipe page. You can see a list of our Arizona farmers growing apples here.
- USDA Releases New Maps Identifying Major Crop Producing Areas: Alfalfa (fillyourplate.org)