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The Illinois Field Office of the National Ag Statistics Service has released the USDA's 2011 County Estimates for Corn and Soybeans, and several central Illinois counties were at the top of the list.

Farmers in Woodford county led the way in corn yields with an average of 186.5 bushels per acre, the highest in the state. This was more than 29 bushels above the state average of 157. For soybeans, Carroll county farmers had the highest yields at 63.1 bushels per acre, more than 16 bushels above the state average of 47.0.

La Salle county had the largest production for corn and McLean county had the largest production for soybeans. McLean county also had the largest number of acres harvested for both corn and soybeans.

As for local county results in corn:

DeWitt County farmers averaged 177.6 bushels per acre.  Logan County averaged 173.4 bushels per acre.  McLean County producers averaged 159.6 bushels per acre.  Piatt County farms averaged 157.1 bushels per acre, and Macon County averaged 153.2 bushels per acre.

Local soybean yield results include:

DeWitt and McLean County producers both averaged 55.4 bushels per acre.  Logan County averaged 54.6 bushels per acre.  Piatt County averaged 47.9 bushels per acre, and Macon County averaged 46.2 bushels per acre.

County estimates are a vital part of agriculture and are used to evaluate and administer farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster, insurance and loan programs.  The numbers are derived from producer responses to the County Agricultural Production Survey.

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