Regions of the U.S. : Midwest
By: Ashton Adams
- 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
The Economy of the Midwest
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.