Why Nebraska Corn?

Corn—what’s the big deal? Here are some quick facts to show your students the importance of Nebraska corn in energy and the economy. Check out our resources for more quality information from other sites.

Nebraska corn quick facts

Ethanol is energy positive

Ethanol produces three times more energy than it takes to produce it while consuming less water than other fuels.

Nebraska is the second leading producer of beef in the US

Nebraska historically has been known as the “Beef State” and is home to over 2.37 million beef cattle annually.

There are 25 operational ethanol plants and 57 E-85 stations in Nebraska

36% of Nebraska’s corn goes towards ethanol production without reducing available stocks for food and animal feed. 33% of the corn used to produce ethanol returns to the market as animal feed (DDGs).

Nebraska is the third leading producer of corn in the United States

There are over 47,400 farms in the state with over 45.2 acres devoted to farmland (91% of Nebraska’s total area).

44% of the total cropland harvested in Nebraska is irrigated

The state has 96,547 registered, active irrigation wells supplying water to over 8.3 million acres of harvested cropland and pasture.

Nebraska ranks second in the nation for ethanol production

More than 2.1 billion gallons of ethanol was produced in Nebraska in 2017.

Nebraska experiences a 4,584 foot elevation difference across the state from east to west

There is an average annual precipitation decreases by one inch every 25 miles, allowing Nebraska to have a diverse agricultural industry from one side of the state to the other.

Ethanol helps to produce cleaner air

Ethanol use is estimated to have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 110 metric tons—equal to removing 20 million vehicles off the road—in 2016.

Nebraska is home to seven major aquifer systems

If poured over the surface of the state, the water in those aquifers would have a depth of 37.9 feet (11.6 meters).

Farming is more sustainable

Today’s corn farmers grow 87 percent more corn per ounce of fertilizer than they did 30 years ago and have cut erosion by 44 percent through new tillage practices.

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