All About Corn

Indiana Corn Marketing Council is keeping Indiana’s farmers and their corn crop viable today, and for years to come. Check out all of the resources we have available for consumers below

The World of Corn is a respected annual collection of the most important statistics about corn production, exports and consumption, providing key information in a readable format, comparing numbers and trends across the years. Download it here.

To tour the farms, communities and homes of the CommonGround™ farmer-volunteers as they sort through some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding food and farming, visit their website.

Corn Facts and Statistics

Fun facts:

  • There are over 3,500 uses for corn
  • 75% of all grocery items contain corn in some form
  • Corn is beneficial to the environment as it absorbs carbon dioxide and gives off oxygen – just like a rain forest
  • The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows. One pound of corn contains approximately 1,300 kernels
  • One bushel of corn is 56 pounds

Corn production in the U.S.:

  • Family farmers grow 90% of America’s corn
  • Livestock, poultry and dairy farmers are corn’s biggest customers, using almost six million bushels every year. That’s almost half of the U.S. corn crop
  • Farmers today grow five times more corn than they did in the 1930s and on 20% less land
  • In the 1930s, a farmer could harvest an average of 100 bushels of corn by hand in a 9-hour day. Today’s combines can harvest 900 bushels of corn per hour – that’s 100 bushels in less than seven minutes

Corn production in Indiana:

  • Indiana ranks fifth in the nation for corn production 
  • The corn you commonly see in Indiana farm fields is not sweet corn – the kind you eat from the cob or from a can. Most of the corn grown in Indiana is used to feed pigs, cows and chickens

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