Interpretive Pocket Park:
Field Crop

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Field Corn

A grain or livestock corn, and is used for ethanol production. Humans can consume field corn if it is picked when the sugar content has peaked, cooking it on the cob, or just eating it raw.

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Grain Sorghum

One of the most versatile agronomic crops grown in North Dakota. Used in malted beverages, building materials, fencing, and in making brooms, grain sorghum is grown in ND regions too dry for profitable field corn production.

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Wheat

ND is ranked #1 in America of both hard red spring wheat and durum; 250 million bushels of hard spring wheat (HRS) and 50 million bushels of durum.

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Barley

ND ranks 3rd in the nation in barley production, which is used mostly in the malting process for brewing beer.

Oats

ND leads the nation in oat production, and is grown in every county in the state, totaling 265 thousand acres. In addition to human consumption, it is used as an animal feed, and for forage and hay.

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Buckwheat

This relative of the rhubarb family, is made into buckwheat flower for breads and pancakes, along with groats in high-energy bars, and in making tortilla wraps.

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Fava Bean

A bean known by many names: Faba, Field, and Pigeon bean. In the pulse family, which includes lentils and dry peas, it is becoming more popular with consumers for being healthy and affordable. Fava beans are a major part of Italian food culture, and are commonly grown in Italian-American gardens.

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Flax

ND farmers produce two types of flax: seed flax for the oil in its seed and nutritional value, and fiber flax for the fiber in its stem. Driving across North Central ND and the Provinces of Canada, if you come upon sections of land awash with sky blue flowers that would be flax.

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Canola

Famous for the oil extracted from the seed and because of its composition, is used for animal and human food consumption. Some forms of canola are used in industry for making plastics.