Corn is the most widely produced feed grain in the United States, with much of the crop providing the main energy ingredient in livestock feed. Corn is also processed into a wide range of food and industrial products including cereal, alcohol, sweeteners, and byproduct feeds. ERS offers analysis and data that include:

  • More than 90 million acres of land are planted to corn, with the majority of the crop grown in the Heartland region.
  • Animal unit calculations provide a indicator of corn and other feed use by livestock type.
  • Food, seed, and industrial uses are projected for the current and upcoming marketing year.
  • The United States is a major player in the world corn trade market, with between 10 and 20 percent of the corn crop exported to other countries.  The United States accounts for about 40 percent of world exports.

ERS analyzes events in the domestic and global corn markets that influence supply, demand, trade, and prices.