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. While this typically lasts an average of 2 months, there are some variations, as illustrated by Texas’ three-and-a-half-month harvest period.
When Exactly is the Corn Harvest Season?
Typical corn harvest dates vary across the country based on a number of factors. That said, the Corn Belt – the majority producer of our nation’s corn – typically prepares to begin the fall harvest sometime in September.
When is Corn Harvested?
Corn is typically harvested in late summer or early fall, between August and October in the Northern Hemisphere. Harvesting time depends on factors such as corn type, planting date, climate, and maturity, which farmers monitor by observing kernel moisture, color, and texture to determine the ideal time to harvest.
How Many Times Can You Harvest Corn a Year?
Corn is an annual crop that needs to be planted every year and can only be harvested once a year. Given its adequate growing conditions, corn can produce between two and four ears depending on its variety. How much corn you are able to successfully harvest depends on the quality of care you give to your crops.
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Data for the above map is based on 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:
- Iowa (12,540,000)
- Illinois (10,800,000)
- Nebraska (8,300,000)
- Minnesota (6,950,000)
- Indiana (5,450,000)
- South Dakota (3,700,000)
- Wisconsin (3,000,000)
- Ohio (2,750,000)
- Missouri (2,650,000)
- Kansas (2,350,000)
As we enter the peak of the fall harvest season, we hope this visual look at start and end dates has served as a valuable resource. Feel free to share this post with friends or read more like it by connecting with us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram!