Corny Indiana Trivia

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Indiana corn kernels in hand

Most Hoosiers know that Indiana is part of the nation’s “Corn Belt.” Read on for a few other corny kernels of knowledge.

  • An ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows.
  • A pound of corn consists of approximately 1,300 kernels.
  • In the U.S., corn production measures more than 2 times that of any other crop.
  • Corn is a major component in many food items like cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks.
  • One bushel of corn will sweeten more than 400 cans of Coca-Cola.
  • Americans consume 16.5 billion quarts of popped popcorn annually, more than anyone else in the world.
  • It takes 25 gallons of water to grow one ear of corn.
  • The U.S. produces about 40 percent of the world’s corn.
  • One bushel of corn is 56 pounds.
  • Indiana ranks fourth among corn producing states in the U.S.
  • In a typical year, almost half of all cropland in Indiana is planted in corn.
  • Indiana is considered part of the “Corn Belt.”

Sources: White County Farm BureauSilos & Smokestacks Natural Heritage Area


  1. Faylinn

    June 21, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I had no idea that one bushel of corn could sweeten more than 400 cans of Coca-Cola. That sure sounds like a lot of sugar to me, but is there really corn in soda? If so, I had no idea and I don’t think that drinking it will ever be the same. Now, I will be thinking about drinking carbonated corn.

  2. Kitty Johnson

    April 13, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    How much corn was grown in the United States in 1880?

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