National Geographic : 1954 Sep
© National Geographic Society + Clippers and Soapsuds Give Startled Farm Animals a New Look Above: A market lamb takes a high-speed fleecing in Iowa's sheepshearing finals. Champion shearers, hold ing squirming subjects between their knees, may finish the job in two minutes. The 5-pound fleece yields almost enough wool for a man's suit. Below: Rubicon Mignonne M, prize Aberdeen-Angus heifer, gets a pre-fair scrubdown in an Iowa creek. 311 Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer John E. Fletcher + A Golden Pyramid of Iowa Corn Spills from the Fair's Horn of Plenty One young fairgoer exclaimed, "Look at the corn utopia!" Iowa is just that. Proudly dubbing itself "the largest cornfield on earth," the State grows better than half a billion bushels in an average year, one-sixth of the entire U. S . crop. This annual display holds 100 hand-picked bushels banked on a wire frame. Red kerneled ears spell out the State's name.