17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, July 30, 1912: Nothing doing at all.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’d like to share some interesting statistics about world crop production in 1912 and 2012.
According to the July 30, 1912 issue of the New York Times:
We Lead in Crops
The Bureau of Statistics of the Department of Agriculture concluded today a resume of the production of staple crops throughout the world which presents the latest information in such line of inquiry.
It shows that the United States stands first in the production of corn, wheat, oats, cotton, tobacco, and hops. The relative rank of the United States in the world’s exports is first in wheat, flour, cotton, cottonseed oil, tobacco, oilcake and oilcake meal, rosin, and turpentine.
The United States produces 19.8 per cent of the world’s wheat crop, 74.8 per cent of the world’s corn crop, 24 per cent of the oat crop of the world, 59 per cent of its cotton, 31 per cent of its tobacco, and 25 per cent of its flaxseed.
The US produces a lower percentage of the world’s total production of wheat, corn, oats, cotton, and tobacco now than in 1912—though of course the actual amount produced would be higher. (A previous post provides data about actual crop yields a hundred years ago and now.)
In both 1912 and 2012, the US was the largest producer in the world of corn.
If you care about the details about how I compiled the data in the figures–
If 2012 data wasn’t available for a crop, I used data from the most recent year available and assumed that it was the same in 2012.
If you’d like to dig deeper into crop current crop production data here are some useful resources: