More Corn By the Numbers. Did You Know?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska

CORN....King CORN!   Seeds of Gold!  The bins are full and it actually was another fantastic season in Nebraska farm country.

I mentioned in an earlier blog that Nebraska has 26,000 Farmers producing over 1.52 BILLION Bushels of CORN this harvest season.

Other interesting facts are the reduction in energy used to produce each bushel of CORN.  37% Less energy than 10 years ago.

Nebraska Field Corn

Soil Erosion is down 44% and goes hand in hand with that energy reduction since most Farmers are now doing a No-Till type of ConservationFarming where they do not plow under the old stalks of the previous crop.

Interestingly, only about 13% of corn grown in the United States receives irrigated water.

One nice thing in America is that approximately 95% of all farms are family owned.

GPS isn't just for driving to Grandma's house or showing homes anymore.

Most farmers are using GPS to plant their farms which make the rows straighter, and optimizing all the acreage possible ...not only for planting but for harversting as well...(You didn't really think those farmers could hold a steering wheel that straight did you?)

The average per acre yield is better than 166 bushels...a 24% increase per acre since 2003.

So how about fertilizer and chemicals?  The CORN farmers of today have increased the amount of corn grown by 87% for each ounce of fertilizer applied.  Todays' Farmer better understands the dangers of chemicals and fertilizers and are much better prepared to be good stewards of the land and with the above and below ground water supplies.

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Comments (3)

Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Mike, that's an awful lot of corn you're talking about.  And that doesn't even take into consideration all the "corn" produced by many of the Nebraska bloggers.  Hmmmm.  Aw shucks... that's quite a bit.

Seriously, those are some amazing statistics you quote.  The thing that impresses me... besides the volume of corn... is the fact that more has been produced... using "less" of a lot of things.

And... love those family-owned farms, as well.

Nov 26, 2011 01:58 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mike, even though I was born in Omaha, moved to Colorado at 5, we always went back yearly to visit relatives, but did not know you facts!   Good information!

Nov 26, 2011 03:00 PM
Carla Harbert - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Well, I learned something today - great article full of information. Farming has improved greatly since the days my grandparents farmed & later just grew too old with no one wanting to step in - so land was sold which turned into a home development. Farming is hard work.

Nov 30, 2011 08:51 AM