Regions of the U.S. : Midwest

By: Ashton Adams

Vocabulary:

  • Humus- The organic material that results when plants and animals that live in the soil die and decay
  • Growing season- In farming, the average number of days between the last frost of spring and the first frost of fall
  • Grain elevator- A tall building equipped with machinery for loading, cleaning, storing, and discharging grain
  • Grain exchange- A place where grain is bought and sold as a commodity

Agriculutre

The Economy of the Midwest

The climate of the Midwest is a great host for agriculture. Do to the rich humus that is found in the region and the twenty inches of precipitation year round. It is very easy for plants to grow. However, the growing season for these crops can differ from place to place. As well as having ideal conditions for other crops. For example, the Great Places is great for grains such as wheat. While the northern part of the region is great for hay and cattle.

Technology and Midwest Farming

Farming used to be done on a small scale with long days of hard labor. This was until Cyrus McCormick created a mechanical reaper that aloud harvest to be done in a shorter amount of time. This gave bigger productions with fewer amounts of people, as did other new technologies that were created. Soon big commercial farms took over the smaller family farms. Increasing the amount of money and product.


In the Midwest agriculutre dominates most of the economy. In cities grain elevators can be found, as well as dairies. Some of the tallest building in places like Kansas City are dedicated to companies who produce flour. And radio stations broadcast reporst from the Chicago Board of Trade. These types of markest are a grain exchange, where people can buy and sell products.

Links to Industry

Resources and Industry

The Mid west has an easy access to many different types of minerals. Leading to cities that do alot of manufacturing. Places such as Indiana can produce a good amount of coal, while Minnesota produces quantities of iron ore. This can then be transfered to Ohio for steel production or Detroit to make cars.

Transportation and Industry

Midwest cities by the Great lakes have found ways to use water transportation. This grew cities like St.Louis to what they are today, and move four hundred million tons of goods through the Mississippi River a year. Railroads also had a big impact in cities like Chicago. Thousands of cars pulling into the station a year with grain or livestock from the west.