A Visual Look at Typical United States Corn Harvest Dates

September 4, 2013

As the summertime air slowly moves out and fall creeps in, the nation’s corn farmers prepare for their annual fall corn harvest, with big yields on their minds. Typical corn harvest dates vary across the country based on a number of factors, however, the Corn Belt (the majority producer of our nation’s corn), typically prepares to begin the fall harvest sometime in September.

The fall corn harvest seems to typically last an average of 2 months, however, this number also varies (as seen by Texas’ three and a half month harvest). So, whether you’re about to fire up the combine and grain cart, or you’re simply interested in learning when our nation’s farmers hit the field to harvest corn for grain, we hope this map serves as a helpful resource, enjoy!

 Corn Harvest Map

Map outline image credit: ©iStockphoto.com/CobaltMoon

Data for the above map is based off the United States Department of Agriculture’s “Usual Planting and Harvesting Dates for U.S. Field Crops” report. According to the report, the top 10 states that harvest the most acres of corn for grain on a yearly basis include:

  1. Iowa (12,540,000)
  2. Illinois (10,800,000)
  3. Nebraska (8,300,000)
  4. Minnesota (6,950,000)
  5. Indiana (5,450,000)
  6. South Dakota (3,700,000)
  7. Wisconsin (3,000,000)
  8. Ohio (2,750,000)
  9. Missouri (2,650,000)
  10. Kansas (2,350,000)

As we enter the peak of the fall corn harvest season, we hope this visual look at start and end dates have served as a valuable resource. Feel free to share this post with friends or read more like it by connecting with us on Facebook or Google+!