USA Corn & Soybean Tour Itinerary
Learn and experience Corn is the most widely produced feed grain in the United States
Day 1 : Arrive Chicago ::
Arrival in Chicago. On arrival meet your tour manager. Transfer to the city. Day free for relax and get acclimatise.
Day 2 : Sightseeing Tour ::
Today enjoy sightseeing tour of Chicago. Chicago City Tour with visit to America’s tallest builiing, Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower). Free time for Magnificent Mall shopping.
Day 3 : Chicago – St. Louis
Today transfer to St Louis. City tour enjoy visit to Budwiser brewery.
Day 4 : Farm Visit
Visit to American Soybean Assocation or National Corn Grower’s Assocation. Visit to Monsanto Corporation.
Day 5 : Farm Visit
Ethanol plant visit. Farm visits including lunch on a farm. Overnight western Illinois.
Day 6 : Farm Machine
Farm visits. Tour John Deere factory in Moline. John Deere visitor’s center.
Day 7 : Technical Visits
Farm Bureau visit. Farm visits.
Day 8 : St. Louis – Iowa
Farm visits. Farm visits including lunch on a farm. Later drive to Iowa.
Day 9 : Iowa
Farm visits. Farm visits including lunch on a farm. Overnight at Iowa.
Day 10 : Iowa – Chicago
Today on-time transfer to airport for flight back home.
ABOUT CORN INDUSTRY & PRODUCTION IN USA
Corn is the most widely produced feed grain in the United States, accounting for more than 90 percent of total value and production of feed grains. Around 80 million acres of land are planted to corn, with the majority of the crop grown in the Heartland region. Most of the crop is used as the main energy ingredient in livestock feed. Corn is also processed into a multitude of food and industrial products including starch, sweeteners, corn oil, beverage and industrial alcohol, and fuel ethanol. The United States is a major player in the world corn trade market, with approximately 20 percent of the corn crop exported to other countries.
ABOUT SOYABEAN INDUSTRY & PRODUCTION IN USA
Processed soybeans are the largest source of protein feed and the second largest source of vegetable oil in the world. The United States is the world’s leading soybean producer and exporter. Farm value of U.S. soybean production in 2007/08 was $27 billion, the second-highest value among U.S.-produced crops, trailing only corn. Soybean and soybean product exports accounted for 43 percent of U.S. soybean production in 2007/08. Soybeans are about 90 percent of U.S. total oilseed production, while other oilseeds—such as cottonseed, sunflowerseed, canola, and peanuts—account for the remainder.
U.S. soybean plantings peaked at 75.9 million acres in 2008. Increased planting flexibility, steadily rising yield improvements from narrow-rowed seeding practices, a greater number of 50-50 corn-soybean rotations, and low production costs (partly due to widespread adoption of herbicide-tolerant varieties) favored expansion of soybean acreage. More than 80 percent of U.S. soybean acreage is concentrated in the upper Midwest, although significant amounts are still planted in the historically important areas of the Delta and Southeast.