Corn, also known as maize, is sold in bushels.
What is the weight of a bushel of corn?
A bushel of shelled corn weighs 56 pounds (25 kg).
That comes out to 35.71 bushels per ton.
A bushel of corn that is still in the ear will weigh 70 pounds (31 kg).
What Is A Bushel?
A bushel is a unit of measure that is used to quantify the weight of a specific type of grain such as corn, wheat, or soybeans.
It can be likened to a container that has the capacity to hold the weight or volume of 8 gallons (30 liters).
Interesting tidbits about corn.
Before corn is sold as a bushel, it contains as much as 30% moisture. This means that after harvesting, this amount of moisture has to be reduced to less than 25%.
To do this, farmers will wait until the corn is dry before harvesting.
Grain dryers are also used to reduce moisture levels.
Once this process has been completed, it’s then easier to shell the kernels and sell corn at the correct measurements.
Too much moisture and the price per bushel is reduced to reflect the added water weight.
How Much Does A Bushel Of Corn Cost?
Like any commodity that is sold in any marketplace, corn prices will fluctuate. It will depend on demand, weather conditions, harvest yield and other factors.
Currently, the average price of a bushel of corn is $3.75.
~ Fun Fact ~
In 2017, 90.2 million acres of corn were planted, and 82.7 million acres were harvested. This harvest yielded a massive 14.6 billion bushels of corn! That’s enough corn to fill over 14 million tractor trailer loads!