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This picture has been taken over a maize farm in New Madrid, Missouri, just above Arkansas State Line.

New Madrid is name of a town —the seat of its county under the same name as well — that locates on the Mississippi River. It originated as an Indian trading post about 1783. The town was the site of an American Civil War battle from February 28 until April 8, 1862. The town was hit by one of the most violent earthquakes in North America in 1811-12 that — along with floods and shifting of the river's course — reshaped the terrain and caused several removals of the city to different sites.

New Madrid's economic mainstay is diversified agriculture with cotton, soybeans, corn (maize), grain sorghum, and livestock. Aluminum ingots, electrical conductors, and clothing are also manufactured here. Although not too high, maize farming in New Madrid was an important contribution to make corn the Missouri's second largest crop in production with nearly 300 million bushels a year.(Compiled from online sources)

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