The Associated Press
November 12, 2013

By the numbers: Changes in corn planting by state

Corn Belt states have seen a sizable jump in the amount of land dedicated to corn. This boom has been fueled in part by a federal law requiring oil companies to add corn-based ethanol to the gasoline supply.

Here’s a look at the change, in acreage planted to corn, in major corn states since 2006, the year before the ethanol mandate took effect.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture

Note: Due to differences in government survey and sampling methodology, state totals do not necessarily match up precisely with government county-level data also distributed by The Associated Press. For a detailed explanation of the differing survey methodologies, see and

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