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Rock County Tops State in Both Corn & Soybean Production
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/26/2021

Farmers in Rock County had a successful year in 2020, as they produced the largest crop of both corn and soybeans in Wisconsin during the past growing season. According to the latest figures from the USDA, farmers in the area ran 27.2 million bushels through their combines last fall. The agency says Dane, Lafayette, Dodge and Grant Counties rounded out the top five for corn production last year.

Lafayette County had the highest corn yield in the state at 205.2 bushels per acre. Other leading counties were Dodge with 202.3, Green at 195.1, Rock at 194.4, and Iowa at 192.5. Wisconsin corn growers overall produced 516.7 million bushels in 2020, with the average county yielding 174 bushel per acre.

Growers also produced 20.3 million tons of corn silage, up 10 percent from the year earlier. Dane County chopped the most silage with 1.09 million tons produced, followed by Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Dodge and Clark Counties. Columbia and Dane Counties tied for the highest yield as they both averaged 25.5 tons per acre.

Meanwhile, Rock, Dodge, Grant, Dane and Lafayette were the four largest soybean-producing counties in Wisconsin, with Rock producing 5.03 million bushels. Lafayette had the highest yield with an average of 65.4 bushels per acre. The state's total soybean production was 100.4 million bushels in 2020. The average state yield was 51 bushels per acre, about four bushels more than the previous year.

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