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On this day in agriculture history | March 30

What has happened in agriculture on March 30 over the years? Here are a few notable events.

2 year ago

The ethanol industry suffered significant disruption as COVID-19 changed life across America in 2020. Before the pandemic, roughly 40% of the U.S. corn crop was refined into ethanol.

13 years ago

In 2009, a strong blizzard struck western South Dakota and northeast Wyoming. Snowfall averaged 25 to 35 inches over the northern Black Hills, with 15 to 25 inches across the northern foothills. Northeast Wyoming and northwest and west-central South Dakota saw 8 to 16 inches of snow. Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph were reported across the region.

18 years ago

Exceptional drought was reported in New Mexico, Idaho, and Montana on March 30, 2004. Several top corn growing states including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas reported severe drought.

U.S. drought monitor map from March 30, 2004
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

40 years ago

Winds of 60 to 80 mph were reported across Iowa causing damage to trees, roofs, siding, road signs, and traffic signals.

104 years ago

These farmers plow sod for corn with three horse teams in Montgomery County, Maryland, on March 30, 1918, in this National Archives and Records Administration photo.

Plowing sod with 3 horse teams in 1918
Photo credit: USDA

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