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kids at crops garden At the K-State Agronomy Field Day, Dr. Kevin Donnelly asks students, "What did you eat for breakfast this morning?  Was it cereal?  What kind of cereal?  What grain products are found in that cereal?"


cereal crops In the picture to the left, you can see the seeds of some cereal crops.  Why are they called cereal crops?  The word cereal comes from Ceres, the Roman Goddess of agriculture and grains.  Cereal crops are grown for their edible starchy seeds.  Cereals have always been an important source of food for human and animal consumption.  Are any of these cereals grown in Kansas?


You know that Kansas grows wheat, but what about corn, soybeans, and grain sorghum?  These are considered major crops grown in Kansas. 


kansas map Can you think of any other crops that are grown in Kansas?  Let me give you a hint, what is the state flower of Kansas?  There are a lot of minor crops grown in Kansas, in fact you might be surprised by a few of them.


And while we’re on the subject of crops grown in Kansas, what did you decide to wear this morning for school?  You decided to throw on some jeans, socks, (I hope some underwear) and a t-shirt.  What does that have to do with crops grown in Kansas?  What are all of these items made from?  Yes, this crop is now grown in Kansas. North America map hiliting Kansas state with green color
What about crops that are not normally grown in Kansas or that are considered unusual?

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