Corn 101

 Did You Know!?
Farmers grow corn on every continent except Antarctica.
One bushel of corn will sweeten more than 400 cans of Coca-Cola.
There are about 800 kernels in 16 rows on each ear of corn.
The corncob (ear) is actually part of the corn plant’s flower.
The main ingredient in most dry pet food is corn.
Corn is America’s number one field crop. Corn leads all other crops in value and volume of production.
A pound of corn consists of approximately 1,300 kernels.
Corn is used to produce fuel alcohol. Fuel alcohol makes gasoline burn cleaner, reducing air pollution, and it doesn’t pollute the water.
An ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows.
A pound of corn consists of approximately 1,300 kernels.
Each year, a single U.S. farmer provides food and fiber for 129 people – 97 in the U.S. and 32 overseas.
In the U.S., corn production measures more than 2 times that of any other crop.
A typical grocery store will contain 4,000 products that list corn ingredients on the label.

Here are just a FEW of the products that are made with corn:
Paper, recycled paper
Cardboard
Textiles
Cleaners, detergents
Crayons and Chalk
Dyes
Fireworks
Paints
Plastics
Rubber tires
Wallboard and wallpaper
Dyes and inks
Organic solvents
Paper
Shampoo
Shoe polish
Textiles
Blankets and bedding
Cosmetics
Paper
Plastics
Soaps and cleaners
Baked goods
Baking powder
Cereals
Dried soups
Alcoholic beverages
Baby foods
Baked goods
Cereals
Chewing gum
Drugs
Food coloring
Marshmallows
Pet food
Antibiotics
Bakery products
Wine

Just think where we would be today without corn!?
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Sources: http://www.enchantedmaze.com/pdf/k-4-worksheet.pdf
http://www.iowacorn.org/User/Docs/It%20Begins%20with%20a%20Kernel%20REWRITE.pdf
http://www.campsilos.org/mod3/students/index.shtml

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