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Corn Production

Corn production in terms of bushels produced by acre have increased dramatically over the years – growing from 26 bushels per acre produced in in Nebraska in the 1900s to 185 bushels per acre produced in the state in 2015.

Nationally, the numbers are similar, with corn yields across the country averaging nearly 168 bushels per acre in 2015, resulting in a 13.6 billion-bushel crop.

This incredible run-up in production – with farmers producing more corn from the same acre – allows corn to be used in many new ways. Food usage in terms of sweet corn remains quite small, less than 1% of acres produce sweet corn. Traditional markets like livestock and poultry feed remain steady, using corn and corn co-products like distillers grains, which come from corn ethanol plants. Corn exports around the world have also remained steady through the years.

Yet corn production continued to grow.

This freed up corn to be used in a myriad of ways. Corn starch alone has dozens of uses, from being a thickening agent to helping frozen foods maintain their texture. Roasted starch – dextrins – are found in adhesive applications. Citric and lactic acid produced from corn in hundreds other products.

Another important use for corn that expanded rapidly over the last decade is ethanol. To make this clean-burning, renewable fuel, corn starch is converted to sugar and fermented. The rest of the kernel then comes back as feed for livestock and poultry – meaning from every bushel you get fuel and feed.

Nebraska Corn Production History

Data from Nebraska Agriculture Statistics, a division of U.S. Department of Agriculture

Year
Total Production
Bushels Per Acre Average
1900
191,100,000
26
1920
242,891,000
33
1940
95,489,000
21
1960
333,438,000
51
1980
603,500,000
85
2000
1,014,300,000
126
2001
1,139,250,000
147
2002
940,800,000
128
2003
1,124,200,000
146
2004
1,319,700,000
166
2005
1,270,500,000
154
2006
1,178,000,000
152
2007
1,472,000,000
160
2008
1,393,650,000
163
2009
1,575,300,000
178
2010 1,469,100,000 166
2011 1,536,000,000 160
2012 1,292,200,000 139
2013 1,623,500,000 170
2014 1,602,050,000 179
2015 1,365,350,000 169

 

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Nebraska Corn Board works to promote the value of corn by creating opportunities.

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