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Logan County sets new corn record

By John Fulton

[FEB. 17, 2004]  As anticipated, Logan County fared very well in 2003 with the corn yield released by the Agricultural Statistics Service. The Logan County corn yield was established at 189 bushels per acre. This shatters the previous yield record of 181 established in 1994. The Logan County 10-year average for corn yields is 156.8 bushels per acre (1994-2003). The top-yielding corn counties in the state were Sangamon and Menard counties at 194 bushels per acre. They were followed by Christian at 192, Morgan at 191 and Logan at 189.

Also, as anticipated, soybeans didn't fare so well. The county soybean yield was established at 40 bushels per acre. The record remains from the 2002 crop at 52 bushels per acre. The Logan County 10-year soybean yield average is 46.85 bushels per acre. The top-yielding counties in the state for soybeans were Sangamon and Morgan counties at 47 bushels per acre. They were followed by Coles County at 46; Christian, Moultrie and Scott Counties at 45; then Cass and Greene counties at 44.

The wheat yield established was also a county record, at 93 bushels per acre, giving Logan County a tie for the second-best wheat yield in the state. The top county for wheat yield was Champaign County, with a yield of 94 bushels per acre. Following Champaign were Livingston and Logan with 93, DeKalb and Vermillion with 92, and several other counties at 91.

The top-producing county in total bushels for corn and soybeans was McLean County, with 57,985,200 bushels of corn and 10,132,500 bushels of soybeans. Logan County production was 34,946,100 bushels of corn and 6,144,000 bushels of soybeans. The Logan County production of wheat was 102,300 bushels.


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Following is a table showing 2003 yields in bushels per acre for Logan County and surrounding counties:

County Corn Soybeans Wheat
Logan 189


Sangamon 194


Menard 194


Mason 175


Tazewell 188


McLean 182


DeWitt 181


Macon 188


(State average) 164



[John Fulton,
Logan County Extension office]

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