A bushel refers to a unit of measurement that dates back to the Middle Ages, and has undergone some changes in its definition and measurement representations. Most commonly used to measure dry crops in agriculture, the US industry still uses this term in reference to standard weight of crop rather than volume. Because crops like corn, wheat, oats, and barley have different weights, a bushel of each can vary. Commodity prices of crops like corn are usually communicated in bushels as well.
How many pounds are in a bushel of corn?
A bushel of dry corn is about 56 pounds. A bushel of dry corn is also about 25 kilograms.
If I’m buying corn for my pellet stove, how is it sold?
If you are buying in bulk, directly from a farmer you’ll likely purchase your corn in bushels. If the corn has been bagged and sold by a corn dealer or retail store, you’ll like purchase by the pound. It is typical to find bags of corn sold in 40lbs bags. Therefore, a 40 pound bag of corn is less than one bushel of corn.
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