What Grows Where?

Which plants and animals grow where? Check out the map and clues. You'll discover Minnesota's four main growing areas. Which one do YOU live in?


Growing Regions Matching

Move the growing region icons into the circles that match their description.

1

  • Flat terrain where large machinery can operate.
  • Produces crops like wheat, soybeans, sunflowers, sugarbeets, and potatoes.
  • Fertile prairie soils.

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2

  • Fertile soils with good moisture.
  • Produces corn, soybeans, cattle and hogs.
  • More southern location (longer growing season).

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3

  • Hilly with moisture.
  • Big producer of hay, pasturelands, dairy cattle and turkeys.
  • Soils include rich, shallow, poorly drained, and sandy.

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4

  • Rough terrain.
  • Short frost-free season, lots of snow.
  • Big producer of forests, but few field crops.

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Growing Areas

You'll find crops and livestock in every part of Minnesota, but this map shows their main growing areas.

SVG-Maps-new-colorsCountiesBiomeRainfallGrowing RegionsKittsonRoseauLakeof theWoodsKoochichingSt. LouisLakeCookMarshallBeltramiPenningtonRed LakeClearwaterNormanMahnomenItascaClayBeckerHubbardCassWadenaAitkinToddMorrisonStearnsBentonMilleLacsCrowWingCarltonPineChisagoKanabecIsantiOtter TailWilkinGrantDouglasStevensPopeSwiftTraverseBigStoneLac QuiParleChippewaKandiyohiMeekerSherburneAnokaHennepinWashingtonDakotaRamseyWrightYellow MedicineRenvilleMcLeodCarverScottGoodhueRiceLe SueurNicolletSibleyRedwoodLyonLincolnPipestoneRockMurrayNoblesCottonwoodBrownWatonwanBlueEarthSteeleDodgeWasecaWabashaOlmstedWinonaJacksonMartinFaribaultFreebornMowerFillmoreHoustonPolkKittsonRoseauLakeof theWoodsKoochichingSt. LouisLakeCookMarshallBeltramiPenningtonRed LakeClearwaterNormanMahnomenItascaClayBeckerHubbardCassWadenaAitkinToddMorrisonStearnsBentonMilleLacsCrowWingCarltonPineChisagoKanabecIsantiOtter TailWilkinGrantDouglasStevensPopeSwiftTraverseBigStoneLac QuiParleChippewaKandiyohiMeekerSherburneAnokaHennepinWashingtonDakotaRamseyWrightYellow MedicineRenvilleMcLeodCarverScottGoodhueRiceLe SueurNicolletSibleyRedwoodLyonLincolnPipestoneRockMurrayNoblesCottonwoodBrownWatonwanBlueEarthSteeleDodgeWasecaWabashaOlmstedWinonaJacksonMartinFaribaultFreebornMowerFillmoreHoustonPolk

Choose the Growing Areas

Look at the crops listed on the left side of each photo. On the right side, choose the growing area that crop grows in.

Which biome normally gets the least rainfall each year?

Which biome normally gets the most rainfall each year?

Imagine you're a farmer. In which of the four growing areas would it make the most sense to raise the crops listed in the chart on the left?

Hay and Pastureland

Sugarbeets

Corn and Soybeans

Forest and Pine Trees

Wheat


Whoa

What is it?

Corn - What Is It
  • Answer
  • Corn! One ear of corn has about 16 rows and 800 kernels. The number of rows is always an even number.

Cool

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Cows have a strong sense of smell. They can smell something up to six miles away!

Joke

What is a scarecrow's favorite fruit?

  • Answer
  • Straw-berries!