10 facts about 2015 US corn production

According to the November 2015 USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, average U.S. corn yield for the 2015 crop is projected to be 169.3 bushels per acre. This is 1.7 bushels per acre lower than the 2014 corn crop and the second highest average yield on record.

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The fifth annual Corn Harvest Quality Report from the U.S. Grains Council presented data about the 2015 U.S. corn harvest.

  1. 169.3 bushels per acre is the average U.S. corn yield for the 2015 crop.
  2. 80.7 million is the number of acres harvested in 2015.
  3. 346.8 million metric tons is the total U.S. corn production for 2015.
  4. The 2015 crop was the second-highest average yield on record, .
  5. The 2015 corn crop was the third-largest U.S. corn crop on record.
  6. U.S. corn exports have remained high since marketing year 2012-13 (MY12/13).
  7. Large crops since MY12/13 have helped rebuild ending stocks.
  8. An abundant supply of corn for MY15/16 was created by the 2015 harvest.
  9. MY15/16 is expected remain about the same as MY14/15 in domestic corn use for livestock and poultry feeding and for residual use. 
  10. 3.5 percent lower than last year is the expected U.S. corn exports during MY15/16.

The U.S. Grains Council said the overall quality of the 2015 corn crop was better than the average of the previous four crop years on most attributes, with 94 percent of the samples that would grade U.S. No. 2 or better. The 2015 U.S. corn crop is entering the market with average moisture content, percent of stress cracks lower than the four-year average, and starch and oil concentrations and whole kernels higher than the four-year average. The higher quality resulted from a favorable growing season with earlier than normal planting; a cool, wet summer; and a warm, dry fall.

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