Corn is the No. 1 crop planted in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. farmers planted 92 million acres of corn this year with an expected yield above 15 billion bushels.
Most of the crop is used as the main energy ingredient in livestock feed. Corn is also processed into a multitude of food and industrial products including starch, sweeteners, corn oil, beverage and industrial alcohol, and fuel ethanol.
Dr. Gordon Selling is a lead scientist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Plant Polymer Research at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, IL.
In our latest Grain Talk episode, Selling shares how scientists at the ARS are unlocking the power of the versatile corn plant and what innovations may be the next drivers of new and valuable products shared around the globe.