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USDA Releases New Maps Identifying Major Crop Producing Areas in the United States and Abroad

Posted by Brenda Chapin, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA in Conservation
Sep 24, 2019
One of 40 new maps showing major crop-producing areas in the United States and other nations
One of 40 new maps showing major crop-producing areas in the United States and other nations.

A total of 40 new maps have been prepared, showing major crop-producing areas in the United States, China, India, Pakistan, and South Africa.  Earlier versions of these maps appeared in the Major World Crop Areas and Climatic Profiles (MWCACP) handbook that contains climatological data, agricultural statistics, and crop calendar information for major agricultural areas worldwide, and serves as a reference for evaluating the effects of weather on world crop production.  The new maps, listed by country and commodity, supplement the MWCACP publication by updating illustrations of cropping patterns in these countries:

  • United States:  barley, corn, cotton, flaxseed, peanuts, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugarbeets, sugarcane, durum wheat, spring wheat, and winter wheat
  • China:  corn, cotton, groundnuts, rapeseed, rice, soybeans, sugarcane, and wheat
  • India:  corn, cotton, groundnuts, rapeseed, rice, soybeans, sugarcane, and wheat
  • Pakistan:  cotton, rice, and wheat
  • South Africa:  corn, cotton, oranges, soybeans, sugarcane, sunflowers, and wheat
Category/Topic: Conservation

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Michael Hoadley
Mar 12, 2013

are there Google Earth enabled Shapefile Sets or .kmz files for all these data sets?

Aymn Elhaddad
Mar 03, 2016

Hi
I would like to get Crop production areas in China in a GIS format.Can you please direct me to the most recent data-set . Thank you.

Carrol Lindsay
Feb 03, 2017

I am looking at the latest in National Geographic where they show the United States by product which very interesting. Now what is rapeseed and how is it used? Thanks.

Bryan Petersen
May 14, 2018

Is there shapefiles for these datasets?

Ben Weaver
May 15, 2018

@Bryan Petersen - Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, shapefiles for these datasets are not available to the public.

Mei Yu
Sep 23, 2019

The webpage of Major World Crop Areas and Climatic Profiles cannot be found.

Ben Weaver
Sep 24, 2019

@Mei Yu - thank you for your comment. That link is now outdated and you can find this content at this following link: ipad.fas.usda.gov/cropexplorer.