61. Corn

Long before Kokomo and Howard County became a central hub for manufacturing items such as automobiles, car radios, carburetors and stainless steel tableware, it was known as a center for agricultural production. In 1900, Howard County boasted 185,000 acres of farmland, and by 1930, was harvesting crops from 116,459 acres.

Urban sprawl progress has caused the total land acreage dedicated to farms to dwindle some over the last 100 years, but even with the land lost to the new U.S. 31 bypass, Howard County still farms nearly 140,000 acres of land. Among the county’s chief agricultural exports is corn. According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, Howard County’s farmers planted 66,000 acres of corn in 2014, and produced an average of 172 bushels per acre from 2003 to 2013.

In 2012, that equaled out to 9.6 million bushels of corn produced in the county in 2012, according to the USDA’s Census of Agriculture.