U.S. corn farmers showed stamina and skill in 2020 with a national average yield of 172 bushels per acre and 14.2 billion bushels of corn produced in the United States while facing a myriad of weather-related challenges.
To highlight these achievements and all they mean, the National Corn Growers Association delves into the facts about corn production, using a historical comparison in its newest edition of the World of Corn. This statistical look at the corn industry, both domestic and worldwide, features a wide array of information on corn production and usage. In addition to the traditional statistics guide, this year’s distribution includes a poster highlighting the many incredible ways in which corn makes our daily lives possible.
“Don’t call it a comeback. America’s corn farmers took some hits in 2020. A record 30 named hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard. Aggressive wildfires ravaged parts of the western United States. A derecho devasted cropland from Iowa to New Jersey. A global pandemic impacted Americans in rural and urban areas alike. Despite what felt like taking bodywork from a heavyweight, America’s corn farmers ducked, faded, bobbed and weaved to success,” NCGA President John Linder and Chief Executive Officer Jon Doggett note in the introduction. “They rolled with the punches. As the bell rang on 2020, America’s farmers won by a knockout. Truly champions, they stared down adversity, producing a healthy crop to sustainably feed and fuel the world. Take a minute to roll the footage back. America’s farmers may have been on the ropes, but these underdogs go toe-to-toe year-after-year and emerge victorious.”
World of Corn is a respected collection of the most important statistics about corn production, exports and consumption, providing key information in a readable format, comparing numbers and trends across the years.
Again, this year, NCGA proudly offers an interactive online presentation of the World of Corn that allows users to locate information easily or explore the limitless possibilities the crop offers at their leisure. The format provides improved navigability with an elegant user interface.
To explore the World of Corn online, click here.
This year’s publication, which Bayer generously sponsored, is distributed through The Progressive Farmer. A special edition of the World of Corn featuring statistics in metric measurements will soon follow.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.