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We’re in central North Dakota, west of the state capital of Bismarck. Here’s a typical early autumn scene from 2009:
Most people know little to nothing about North Dakota. Here are a few facts that we learned after we moved here (1994):
– In the U.S., every time you eat spaghetti, chances are there’s ND durum wheat in it!
– ND ranks first in the U.S. in the production of many crops, including spring wheat, durum wheat, barley, sunflowers, dry edible beans, pinto beans, flaxseed, canola and honey.
– ND is also an important producer of sugar beets, potatoes and oats.
– Ranching in ND includes cattle, sheep and pigs.
– 90% of the land is occupied by farms or ranches.
– ND weather can be extreme! The state’s highest temperature reading, 121 F (49.5 C), and lowest minus 60 F (minus 51 C), were recorded less than six months apart in 1936.
– Annual precipitation ranges from 13 inches (33 cm) in the northwest to more than 20 inches (51 cm) in the southeast.
– There are fewer than 10 people per square mile in the state.