McLean County corn and soybean production top in state in 2023

For the second year in a row, McLean County sat at the top of corn production across the state. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)


MCLEAN COUNTY – McLean County remains an agricultural powerhouse, leading Illinois in both corn and soybean production in 2023. 

The United States Department of Agriculture released its estimates on last year’s crop production for the state on Friday. 

For soybeans, McLean growers produced nearly 21.6 million bushels. That was slightly more than in 2022. The high yield was accomplished even though 7,000 fewer acres were devoted to soybeans. 

McLean farmers devoted about 6,000 more acreage to corn over the previous season.  Production was 70.3 million bushels.  Even with the extra ground, production was down from 70.98 million bushels in 2022.

In the yield-per-acre category, Tazewell County soybean growers led the state at 74.7 bushels per acre.  

Peoria County growers produced 6.0 million bushels of soybeans and 22.6 million bushels of corn.  

Tazewell growers were at 8.99 million bushels of soybeans and 31.1 million bushels of corn.  

Woodford County growers were at 7.8 million bushels of soybeans and 26.4 million bushels of corn. 

Other central Illinois production results for soybeans, in the millions of bushels were Fulton 7.8, Livingston 19.1, Marshal 5.5, Mason 6.1, Putnam 1.7, and Stark 4.7. 

Other central Illinois production results for corn, in the millions of bushels were Fulton 26.7, Livingston 63.7, Putnam 6.5 and Stark 19.969. 

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