Fun facts about corn

Fun facts about corn

These facts aren't corny...but they are about corn! Corn is one of our nation's most recognizable crops and is used for a variety of purposes. Take a gander at these facts and maybe learn a little bit about what makes corn so special.

Corn comes in five varieties: Field corn (livestock feed, fuel and industrial products), Popcorn (your favorite snack time food!), Food-grade corn (used to make numerous food products including corn bread and tortillas), Sweet corn (the delicious summertime treat), Seed corn (grown specifically for the purpose of its kernels being planted for the production of next year's crop).

Michigan has nearly 12,000 corn farmers.

In 2010, Michigan farmers harvested a record crop of 315 million bushels of corn from 2.1 million acres of farmland. An acre is about the size of a football field.

  • One bushel of corn weighs 56 pounds - more than a large bag of dog food.
  • Corn is America's largest crop and accounts for more than 90 percent of the total value and production of feed grains.
  • Family farmers grow 90 percent of America's corn.
  • The United States produces 40 percent of the world's corn, more than any other country.
  • In the United States, 87 percent of all the corn is grown utilizing only naturally occurring rainfall.
  • Reduced tillage has resulted in a 44 percent reduction in soil erosion in the last two decades.  
  • Ethanol, a renewable biofuel made from corn, is currently blended into more than 80 percent of the nation's fuel supply.

According to the USDA, one acre of corn removes about 8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air in a growing season, more than is produced by your car annually.


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