A Record Year for Popcorn
By Keith Robinson - Published May 18, 2015
Indiana farmers last year planted more acres in
popcorn than ever before and produced a record
crop, according to a new report from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
Farmers planted 91,000 acres of corn used to
make popcorn, up 10,000 acres from 2013,
according to a National Agricultural Statistics
Service report produced for Purdue University.
Although the amount of Indiana acres harvested
in popcorn was small compared with the 5.77
million acres in corn grown for grain, Indiana is
regarded as the second-largest popcorn producer
in the nation behind Nebraska.
The NASS said total Indiana production was a
record 4.32 million hundredweight, or cwt, equal
to 432 million pounds. That was up 16 percent
from the 3.72 million cwt in 2013. The average
yield of 48 cwt per acre, up 2 cwt from 2013, also
was a record.
Indiana farmers produce record popcorn crop