By: Ana Terry
Climate & Soil
Indiana's farming season ranges from 160 to 190 days. There are 794,994 acres of Miami soil located within Indiana. Indiana is nationally ranked for agriculture production mainly because of highly productive Miami soils and other prime farmland soils. The state's annual rainfall is averaged at 36" in the North and 46" in the South.
Indiana ranks 5th nationally in the production of corn; producing 960 million bushels in 2007. Indiana ranks 4th in the production of soybeans with 211 million bushels produced in 2007. Indiana ranks 2nd in tomatoes for processing 249,000 tons.
Indiana ranks 2nd in the number of layer chickens. The state is also 3rd in the nation for total number of eggs. Indiana produces more ducks than any other state in the nation. Indiana ranks 2nd in the production of both regular and fat free ice cream.