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Global corn production in 2017/2018, by country (in 1,000 metric tons)*

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Corn production worldwide 2017/2018, by country This statistic shows the corn production worldwide in 2017/2018, by country. In that year, the United States was the largest producer of corn with a production volume amounting to about 370.96 million metric tons. China and Brazil rounded off the top corn producing countries.
Corn production

Corn, also known as maize, is a grain plant cultivated for food. The origin of this grain remains unknown, however, many historians believe that corn was first domesticated in Mexico's Tehuacan Valley. Types of corn include sweet corn, popcorn, pod corn, flint corn, flour corn, waxy corn and dent corn.

Corn is one of the most important crops in the United States. Over the last years, the country's corn farmers experienced constant increases in annual revenues. In 2016/17, the U.S. was responsible for more than one-third of the global corn production.

Iowa and Illinois were the top U.S. states based on harvested area of corn for grain in 2016. That year, Iowa's corn for grain production value amounted to approximately 13.5 million acres. In 2016, the United States exported around 56.5 million metric tons of corn, making the nation the world's largest corn exporter. Japan and Mexico were the leading buyers of U.S. corn in 2015, purchasing approximately 12.1 million metric tons and 11.31 million metric tons respectively.
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This statistic shows the corn production worldwide in 2017/2018, by country. In that year, the United States was the largest producer of corn with a production volume amounting to about 370.96 million metric tons. China and Brazil rounded off the top corn producing countries.
Corn production

Corn, also known as maize, is a grain plant cultivated for food. The origin of this grain remains unknown, however, many historians believe that corn was first domesticated in Mexico's Tehuacan Valley. Types of corn include sweet corn, popcorn, pod corn, flint corn, flour corn, waxy corn and dent corn.

Corn is one of the most important crops in the United States. Over the last years, the country's corn farmers experienced constant increases in annual revenues. In 2016/17, the U.S. was responsible for more than one-third of the global corn production.

Iowa and Illinois were the top U.S. states based on harvested area of corn for grain in 2016. That year, Iowa's corn for grain production value amounted to approximately 13.5 million acres. In 2016, the United States exported around 56.5 million metric tons of corn, making the nation the world's largest corn exporter. Japan and Mexico were the leading buyers of U.S. corn in 2015, purchasing approximately 12.1 million metric tons and 11.31 million metric tons respectively.
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Release date
March 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
As of March 2018
Supplementary notes
* Estimate as of March.
All other data are reported using local marketing years.

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