The Facts about Corn
In the United States, corn production measures more than double that of any other grain
crop in the states. Researchers have discovered many uses for corn such as vitamins and amino
acids. Corn is grown mostly in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Minnesota. Over half of the corn produced
in this country comes from those four states. Other states that contribute to the mass production of corn are
Indiana, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Ohio and Kentucky. This other area is better
known as the “Corn Belt.”
The U.S. corn export rate is rising at an increasingly fast
rate. Lately, the U.S. has been exporting huge amounts of corn to the Pacific Rim region. This is
located in Asia. This has the greatest potential for profit, because a majority of the world’s population
resides here. The exported corn is used to feed the livestock. The livestock is then produced into food
Corn is used in paper. To improve its printability, paper producers include
cornstarch. Cornstarch is also used in shipping boxes and other corrugated boxes. Each ton of paper
(including copy, notebook, cardboard, and construction) uses about twenty eight (28) pounds of cornstarch.
Other uses include: Packing peanuts (made of 100% corn), corn-derived citric acid (cleaning agent),
corn-based ink (replaces petroleum ink), and Hydrosorb (a super absorbent cornstarch).
There are well over 3,500 uses for corn products. More uses are being found
everyday. Use of corn products to replace harzards products helps the environment. When substituted in
paint products, corn proves to be more environmentally friendly.
Difference between sweet and field corn
Most corn that you buy from the local grocer like corn-on-the-cob and canned or frozen
corn is known as sweet corn. Even the corn that you plant and grow in your garden is a variation of sweet
corn. Unlike the corn found and bought in the urban areas, the corn that is grown in a majority of the United
States is called field corn.
Field corn has a hard outer portion, but the insides are soft and floury. Field
corn has many uses such as: starches, oils, and livestock feed, and fuel. Also field corn has been
recent used to make non-toxic versions of paints, crayons and paper. Corn syrup sweeteners that are found in
foods, soft drinks, desserts and custards are also derived from American field corn. The primary use of corn
is to feed livestock. Corn helps to fatten up the cattle and in turn the cattle becomes meat on the dinner
table. Corn has proved to be a valuable crop and resource for America today. A bushel of corn can
produce almost six pounds of retailed beef, 14 pounds of pork, and 20 pounds of chicken. So corn is indeed a
value for Americans.
Corn versus Hay