U.S. Agriculture around the Great Lakes

U.S. Agriculture around the Great Lakes


  • • The Lake Erie Basin has the largest percentage of land in agriculture in the Great Lakes states. Lake Erie waters help to moderate coastal temperatures, making the growing season there last up to three weeks longer than farther inland, benefiting fruit farms, orchards, nurseries, and vineyards along the shoreline.
  • Farms on the U.S. side of Lake Ontario’s Basin yielded $1.1 billion dollars in apples, onions, cabbage, and meat and dairy products in 1997.
  • Six of the top 10 agricultural counties in Michigan are in the Lake Michigan Basin, with tart cherries, grapes, and Christmas trees being the top harvests.
  • Huron County, in Michigan’s thumb region, produces more dry beans than any other county in the nation.

Michigan Sea Grant, 2000. Great Lakes Facts: Lake Michigan Basin, Lake Huron Basin, Lake Erie Basin, Lake Ontario Basin (MICHU SG 00 403-406).



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