Corn - Statistics & Facts

Corn - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about corn in the U.S.

Corn is the world's most important grain, based on production volume. In 2013, a production level of around 1.02 billion metric tons was achieved.


The United States was by far the biggest corn producer worldwide, with a production volume amounting to over 351 million metric tons in 2014. This corresponded to over one third of the global production amount of corn. The leading U.S. states in corn cultivation are Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.

The U.S. is also the world's leading exporter of corn, whereas the import volume is relatively small. Among the leading buyers of U.S. corn were Japan, Mexico and South Korea in 2014.

Over the last seven decades, U.S. prices per one metric ton of corn showed high volatilities, but were rapidly increasing in the last years. A new peak price was reached in summer 2012, attributable especially to the tremendous drought in most of the major agricultural U.S. states. In the following crop years 2013 and 2014, prices dropped again.

Corn is increasingly utilized in the production of industrial ethanol. In 2014, almost 30 percent of all corn was used for this purpose in the United States.



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