Corn by the Numbers

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Cornfield in Illinois - September

  • 12.6 million acres of corn planted in Illinois last year (each acre is about the size of a football field)
  • 38,260 corn farms in Illinois
  • 95 percent of corn farms in America are family-owned
  • 4,200 uses for corn, ranging from livestock feed and ethanol, to cornbread and soda, to latex paint and diapers.
  • 43 percent of the crop was consumed by livestock in 2009, primarily beef cattle, poultry and hogs
  • 800 kernels on an ear of corn, on average
  • 72,800 kernels in a bushel of corn, approximately
  • 56 pounds in a bushel of corn, about the weight of a large bag of dog food
  • 162 average bushels per acre produced from 2000 to 2009 in Illinois (farmers produced an average 22 percent more bushels per acre over the past decade than in the 1990s)

Sources: National Agricultural Statistics Service, National Corn Growers Association

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