What is a Bushel?

A Bushel of Corn,
Image from the Ohio Corn Marketing Program

Corn is measured by the bushel. An average acre of corn yields 100 bushels. Starch, sweetner, fuel (ethanol), feed, and corn oil can be extracted from a bushel of corn. What type of products do you think can be made from these substances?

  • An average ear of corn has 16 rows and 800 kernels. How many ears of corn are there in an average acre, if there are 7,280,000 kernels in 100 bushels? How many rows of corn are there in one bushel?

  • If a pound of corn has 1,300 kernels, how many pounds of corn are produced in an acre?

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      POP! Facts:
    • A bushel of corn will sweeten more than 400 cans of soda or produce 1.5 pounds of corn oil!
    • A bushel of corn fed to livestock produces 6 pounds of beef, 13 pounds of pork, 20 pounds of chicken, or 28 pounds of catfish.


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