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Corn Production in Arkansas

Corn Research Verification in Green County, Arkansas










Arkansas growers planted 1 million acres of corn in 2013, the highest number since 1951, when 1.05 million acres were planted.  Corn acreage has been increasing for the last 15 years in large part due to  profit potential compared to other crops.  Most of Arkansas' increase in corn acreage has come from declining cotton acres. 

Approximately 90% of Arkansas corn is irrigated.  Much of Arkansas produced corn is exported via the Mississippi River, but an ever increasing amount is consumed by poultry feed mills located in Arkansas.

Yields have been increasing over time due to irrigation and proper management.  In 2013, a new record state average yield of 187 bu/acre was set, topping the previous record of 178 bu/acre set in 2012. Arkansas farmers harvested 855,000 acres of corn in 2013.  Corn is typically planted in March and April and harvested in August and September.

Corn Production Practices

Research and Extension personnel are constantly working to refine and create new recommendations and practices to improve Arkansas corn production.

2016 Arkansas Corn Quick Facts

2015 Arkansas Corn & Grain Sorghum Research Verification Program Report


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