Field Corn, Sweet Corn & Popcorn: What’s the Difference? - Illinois Farm Bureau Partners Field Corn, Sweet Corn & Popcorn: What’s the Difference? - Illinois Farm Bureau Partners

Field Corn, Sweet Corn & Popcorn: What’s the Difference?

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In Illinois, 60% of our land is farmland. Often, it can be found occupied with grazing cattle or growing crops like corn. Illinois ranks No. 2 in the nation in corn production. However, it’s important to recognize that we need different types to serve different purposes.

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Field corn, or dent corn, is the most common type of corn. 98% of the corn grown in Illinois is field corn. Field corn has a hard outer-shell and is full of starch. The kernels on this type of corn are mature and dry before harvest occurs in the fall. Field corn is used in everything from livestock feed to ethanol production and can even be found in cereal, wallpaper, skateboards, cosmetics, and plastic!

See more: How a Corn and Soybean Planter Works (VIDEO)

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