…that Illinois and Iowa combined grow more corn than the third most active corn-producing country in the world? Well, there’s actually a lot of stuff about corn that most people don’t know. Today, I’m going to give you some random facts. No worries, I won’t quiz you!
A bushel is a unit of measurement for corn. To put it simply, 56 lbs. of shelled (meaning, off the ear) corn is a bushel. While corn’s weight can vary based on the moisture of the corn, bushels are pretty much the standard form of measurement for grains.
100 bushels of corn contains approximately 7,280,000 kernels.
One U.S. farmer on average provides food and fiber for 129 people (97 domestically and 32 overseas).
The “Corn Belt” includes the states of Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, and Kentucky. The “Corn Belt” region is called such because of its affinity for corn production.
Corn is produced on every continent…except Antarctica.
Corn is raised in all 50 states.
Corn is the third most important food crop of the world behind wheat and rice (respectively). The amount of acres of corn planted worldwide is second only to wheat.
According to the Agricultural Council of America, in 2007 U.S. farmers raised approximately 41% of the world’s corn. The number continues to rise.
Prior to the availability of harvesting machines, a farmer could harvest an average of 100 bushels of corn by hand in a nine-hour day. Today’s combines can harvest 900 bushels of corn per hour (or 100 bushels of corn in about 7 minutes).
Mitchell, South Dakota is home of the world’s only Corn Palace. Why Illinois does not have one of these yet, I’ll never know.
The United States is the top corn producing country in the world. Second is China, third is Brazil. However, as stated before, Illinois and Iowa combined grow more corn each year than Brazil does.
Corn is a type of grass. The grain is the seed.
Early corn was domesticated from a wild grass called Balsas teosinte.
There you have it. There are random corn facts. There’s many more, of course, but those are the ones I like. And I’m the one writing this blog, so you can deal with it.
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