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Most of the world’s potatoes are grown in Europe, but potatoes are also grown in all 50 states. Potatoes grow best in cool mountain areas. The United States’ biggest potato producer is Idaho; the second biggest is Washington. 5 kg) of potatoes or potato products (such as potato chips and french fries) each year. Apples Apples have been around for 750,000 years, and there are 8,000 varieties of them. The United States’ biggest producer of apples is Washington, followed by New York. An apple tree lives an average of 100 years.

The Great Plains extend eastward from the Rocky Mountains across the western parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Soon, the wheat crops exhausted the topsoil. In addition, overgrazing by cattle and sheep herds stripped the western plains of their protective grass cover. Then the area was devastated by a severe drought from 1934 to 1937. Because the land had been plowed up, and the delicate, stabilizing root systems formed by the grass removed, the large plowed areas had nothing to keep them anchored in place.

Growing a single apple takes a full year.

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