Field Corn and Sweet Corn: What’s the Difference?

February 14, 2011

By Joanie Stiers

Corn harvest in Illinois - September

Field Corn vs. Sweet Corn
Corn covers more of Illinois’ farmland than any other crop, yet you’ll need to find a backyard garden for some corn on the cob. Sweet corn is consumed as a vegetable and is not to be confused with field corn grown on 99 percent of all corn acres in the United States. Field corn is used for livestock feed, ethanol production, manufactured goods and a food ingredient in the form of corn cereal, corn starch, corn oil and corn syrup.

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