Corn: Attainable crop yields

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What you should know about this indicator

  • Attainable yields are more conservative than biophysical 'potential yields', but should be achievable using current technologies and management (e.g. fertilizers and irrigation).
  • Attainable yields are based on assessments for the year 2000. Real attainable yield pre-2000 may be lower; and post-2000 may be higher than these values.
Corn: Attainable crop yields
Attainable yields are estimates of feasible crop yields calculated from high-yielding areas of similar climate.
Mueller et al. (2012) – with major processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
March 26, 2024
Next expected update
March 2025
Date range
tonnes per hectare

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Mueller, N., Gerber, J., Johnston, M. et al. (2012) - Closing yield gaps through nutrient and water management. Nature 490, 254-257.

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