USDA Reports Corn Production Increases with Global Population Growth
An overview of U.S. corn production revealed that corn made up 95.2 percent of all feed grain produced this year, followed by a small percentage of oats, barely, and sorghum. The U.S. devotes approximately 80 million acres to corn production, and while every state is equipped to grow corn, the majority comes from the heartland states. Despite the amount of land used for corn planting and harvesting, the USDA reports that the ability to produce a larger crop on less land is due to improvements in production practices. New technologies and innovations such as reduced tillage, crop rotation, irrigation, and pest management systems have reportedly helped preserve the soil and natural resources.
According to the USDA report, corn production has grown in recent years due to the population influx of Latin Americans and the global population as a whole.