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Where Imported Corn Seed Comes From

July 26, 2014

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The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Farm Journal. It corresponds with the article "A Global Strategy" You can find the article in the 2014 Summer Seed Guide issue. 

The U.S. imported corn seed from 19 countries in calendar year 2013, up two from the prior year. But 75% came from just two countries, Chile and Argentina, and 77% came from winter production in South America overall. Still, roughly 90% of U.S. corn seed is grown in the U.S., although it changes year to year largely based on U.S. growing conditions.

Country of origin for corn seed imported into the U.S.

Chile 3,084,836 2,766,057
Argentina 1,853,972 841,140
Serbia 1,337,832 610,235
Turkey  1,337,832 1,012,557
Canada 786,061 870,431
Romania 389,645 3,858
Brazil 132,834 75,551
Mexico 17,953 43,386
France 11,417 11,653
Italy 6,102 4,843
Uruguay 2,756 0
Peru 2,677 984
Guyana 2,047 2,165
Germany 1,496 0
Switzerland 1,181 551
Honduras 866 0
New Zealand 629 2,008
Austria 276 2,087
Vietnam 118 236
Australia 0 197
Total 6,622,758 6,247,939

Source: U.S. Census Bureau data compiled by USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service.

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