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Crops & Livestock

Corn – Corn is the number one ag commodity grown in the county. Farmers grow corn on nearly two-thirds of the farmland amounting to 204,000 acres with an annual value of $139.5 million. The 2018 corn yield was 190 bushels per acre.

Soybeans – Soybeans are produced on one-fourth of the farmland comprising 118,000 acres. The annual value of soybean production is $64 million. The 2018 soybean yield was 62 bushels per acre.

Hogs – DeKalb County is the second largest hog producing county in Illinois marketing 954,045 pigs annually. Pork production generates $57 million locally.

Cattle – About 31,000 beef cattle are marketed annually in the county with a value of $40 million.

Small Grains – Hay, wheat and oats are the small grains raised locally. These crops are raised on about 12,500 acres and have a market value of $4.8 million.

Other Livestock – Dairy cattle, sheep, goats, and other livestock account for $3 million in county livestock production.

Specialty Crops – Other crops grown in DeKalb County include: sweet corn, apples, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables often sold at orchards, farm stands, farmers’ markets and at local supermarkets. Christmas trees also are grown locally and sold at farms. The value of these specialty crops is $3 million.

The total value of crop production is $211 million and the total value of livestock production is $100 million. The total annual value of agricultural production in DeKalb County is $311 million.

Source: IL Dept. of Agriculture, 2018 ag statistics