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Corn Facts

The Corn Belt

The green areas of the map show where field corn is grown in the United States.

Source: USDA, Fertilizer Institute

Corn Supply

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

Source: USDA


From 1980 to 2011, corn farmers have reduced these impacts per bushel of corn:

Source: Field to Market, http://www.fieldtomarket.org

Corn Use

  • 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.
USDA 9/11

Family Farmers

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.

Learn More

For more information on corn, corn farmers or corn products, visit these websites:

National Corn Growers Association


Corn Commentary


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.

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