It was a record setting year for yield and production in 2016, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician for the USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. In 2016, 94,000 acres of popcorn were planted in Indiana, up 9,000 acres from 2015. A total of 93,000 acres were harvested, also up 10,000 acres from last year. The average yield was a record high 48.0 cwt per acre, up 11 cwt from 2015. Total production was also a record high 4.46 million cwt, up 45 percent from a year ago. The average price was $16.00 per cwt, down $0.50 from the previous year.
The crop value was $71.424 million dollars, up 41 percent from 2015. Some producers were concerned about wet conditions at the beginning and middle of the growing season, but higher than normal temperatures and a drier than normal end to the season brought a record setting year for the yield and production of popcorn.