Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bountiful Corn Crop Sets New Record

corn harvest combine food vs fuel Iowa Illinois Minnesota NebraskaU.S. corn growers harvested a record corn crop according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's year-end crop report released earlier this month.

The 2007 numbers are complete and the nation's corn growers produced a bin-busting bountiful harvest -- nearly 13.1 billion bushels of corn. The 2007 crop production was up 24% from 2006.

US corn crop food vs fuel 2002 2007 high yieldCorn yields, bushels of corn per acre, were also up in 2007 at 151.1 from 149.1 in 2006. Over five years, yields have improved significantly. In 2002 yield was just 129.3 bushels per acre. Corn growers are getting more production from the same acres using higher-yield seeds and more precision agricultural tools.

The state of Iowa lead the nation in corn production with 2.36 billion bushels, averaging 171 bushels per acre. The next three top corn producing states include:
  • Illinois with 2.28,
  • Nebraska with 1.47 and
  • Minnesota with 1.13 billion bushels.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

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