I thought I was seeing more corn than usual "downstate" this summer...
From Environmental Almanac:
Environmental Impacts of Increasing Corn Production
"You don’t have to be a farmer, or even pay attention to the news, to notice there’s something different about the agricultural landscape of central Illinois this year. Where in past years you might have seen alternating fields of corn and soybeans, this year you often see corn, corn, and more corn.
"This observation is reflected in the Crop Acreage Report released at the end of June by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nationwide, corn is being grown on 93 million acres this year, a 19 percent increase over last year and the greatest total number of acres in corn since 1944. In Illinois, the increase in corn acreage from 2006 to 2007 was a bit less dramatic but still substantial at about 11 percent.
"I suppose the upshot of all of this is to call into question whether public policy that favors expanded production of corn can really be said to benefit the environment."
Nice touch right there at the end, although right now I would call into question how trying to run a civilization on corn (see Mesoamerica) is so much more 21st century than riding a bicycle.