The Corn Belt
The green areas of the map show where field corn is grown in the United States.
Source: USDA, Fertilizer Institute
|96.4||Million Acres Planted in 2012|
|87.4||Million Acres Harvested|
|10.7||Billion Bushels to be Produced|
|12||Billion Bushels Total Supply|
As reported 9/12/2012
Technology and innovation help farmers grow more per acre.
Average Bushels Per Acre
From 1980 to 2011, corn farmers have reduced these impacts per bushel of corn:
Source: Field to Market, http://www.fieldtomarket.org
- 5.2 billion bushels (bb) for livestock feed and residual use. Includes 1 bb in distillers grains from ethanol production.
- 3.5 bb go directly into the production of 13.5 billion gallons of ethanol.
- 1.4 bb become sweeteners, starch and food products.
- 1.3 bb of corn will be exported, mostly for feed.
- 733 million bushels will be carried over as surplus.
The vast majority of U.S. farms are family operations.
- 95% of corn farms are family farms.
- Family farms manage 84% of all farm acreage.
- Family farms represent 78% of all farm sales.
For more information on corn, corn farmers or corn products, visit these websites:
National Corn Growers Association
Corn Farmers Coalition
World of Corn
The above content was provided by the National Corn Growers Association. The Pocket Guide PDF can be downloaded here.