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  • The usual dividing line between the Central Plains and the Great Plains has been roughly where the rainfall exceeds or is less than twenty inches per year—roughly at the one hundredth meridian. Broadly speaking, this is the dividing line between the “Corn Belt” and the “Wheat Belt.”

    The Great Plains region is typically defined to include five current states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The eastern regions of Nebraska and Kansas are, however, among the most productive corngrowing regions in the United States. Moreover, the Great Plains extend roughly into the eastern third of the Mountain states of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado as well as into the northeast portion of the southwestern state of New Mexico. In addition, the Great Plains cover much ...

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