Natural gums, Crop Yield Data Quality, 2000

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This raster dataset represents the agricultural census data quality for natural gum crop yields. Data quality categories include (0= missing, 0.25= county level census data, 0.5= interpolated with census data from within 2 degrees of latitude/longitude, 0.75= state level census data, 1= country level census data). Croplands cover ~15 million km2 of the planet and provide the bulk of the food and fiber essential to human well-being. Most global land cover datasets from satelites group croplands into just a few categories, thereby excluding information that is critical for answering key questions ranging from biodiversity conservation to food security to biogeochemical cycling. Information about agricultural land use practices like crop selection, yield, and fertilizer use is even more limited.Here we present land use data sets created by combining national, state, and county level census statistics with a recently updated global data set of croplands on a 5 minute by 5 minute (~10km x 10 km) latitude/longitude grid. Temporal resolution: Year 2000- based of average of census data between 1997-2003.
Purpose serves geographic data sets with the purpose of solving the grand challenge of feeding a growing global population while reducing agriculture’s impact on the environment. The data sets on EarthStat allow users to map the distribution of crops globally, analyze the impact of climate change on crop yields, understand the impacts of fertilizer and manure use and much more.


Type of resource cartographic, software, multimedia
Form GeoTIFF
Place St. Paul, MN, US
Publisher University of Minnesota. Institute on the Environment
Publication date 2008
Language English
Digital origin born digital
Map data Scale not given. ; Custom projection W 180°--E 180°/N 90°--S 90°, Scale not given ; EPSG::4326


Creator University of Minnesota. Institute on the Environment


Subject Gums and resins
Subject Census
Subject Crop yields
Subject Earth (Planet)
Subject 2000
Subject Imagery and Base Maps
Subject Farming
Genre Geospatial data
Genre Cartographic dataset

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WGS84 Cartographics This layer is presented in the WGS84 coordinate system for web display purposes. Downloadable data are provided in native coordinate system or projection.

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Preferred citation
Monfreda, C., N. Ramankutty, and J.A. Foley (2008), Farming the planet 2. Geographic distribution of crop areas, yields, physiological types, and net primary production in the year 2000, Global Biogrochem. Cycles, 22, GB1022, doi: 10.1029/2007/GB002947.


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