ZUMBROTA — A team of six feed grain buyers traveled from the sands of Saudi Arabia to the farm fields of southeastern Minnesota on Tuesday, August 19, to get an up-close look at a Minnesota corn farm in Zumbrota. The team visited Marty Amundson’s family farm in Zumbrota. Amundson is the former Chairman of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC).
Most people think of Saudi Arabia as a desert, but it has regions where farming is possible. The country is also home to a handful of large dairy operations, including Almarai, the largest vertically integrated dairy company in the world.
You can find poultry and beef operations, too, as well as crops such as wheat, barley and sorghum.
So far this marketing year, which ends on August 31, the U.S. has exported 37.4 million bushels of corn to Saudi Arabia.