Crops in Polk County, Iowa
Polk County, located in United Nations, is the most populous county in Iowa. Polk County is one of the fifth counties that make up the West Des Moines metropolitan statistical area. The County was named after President James K. Polk in 1846. Agriculture has influenced development in Polk County. Although the total number of farms in Polk County has declined, the farm sizes have increased. The quality of soil is very high in north east and central areas in the county. Polk county agriculture is becoming metropolitan in nature. There are around 750 farms in Polk County with an average farm size of 333 acres. In 2009, the market value of Polk county crops grown was $67 million. In 2010, approximately 84,500 acres of corn were harvested with an average yield of 139.4 bushel per acre for Polk County. Around 65,000 acres of soybeans were harvested in 2010. This acrylic fridge magnet souvenir with the depiction of Iowa crops, Polk County, is an excellent memento for tourists to take home.
Some facts of Polk Country
In 1673, Fr. Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet became the first white men in Iowa. The territory now known as Iowa is part of the Louisiana Purchase. The central Iowa became open to the white settlers to 1842. In 1846, Iowa became a state and Polk country was established. The first newspaper, The Iowa Star dated July 26, 1848 was edited by Barlow Ganger. In 1861, the first telegraph wire was strung from Des Moines to Newtown. In 1866, the first railway, The Des Moines Valley Railroad reached the city from Keokuk.