Some counties in Wisconsin produced more corn and soybeans then others in 2017. Recently the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released their 2017 estimates for soybeans, grain and silage corn in Wisconsin.
According to the report, farmers in Rock County led the state in soybean production with 5.15 million bushels in 2017. Then Dane county followed producing 4.48 million bushels, Grant came in third with 4.08 million, Dodge produced 4.07 million, and Lafayette County rounded out the top 5 with a soybean production of 3.35 million bushels.
The Wisconsin Southwest District, led the pack in 2017 with an average soybean yield of 50.9 bushels per acre, followed by the South Central District with 50.3 bushels per acre. The three northern districts recorded the lowest yields in the State. The Northwest District had the lowest, average with 40.9 bushels per acre. Statewide, nine counties averaged over 50 bushels per acre, led by Lafayette County, where soybeans averaged 56.4 bushels per acre. Grant County followed with 55.6 bushels, Dodge then had 52.5, Iowa with 52.2, and Columbia and Ozaukee counties rounded out the top 6 with 51.8 bushels per acre. Sawyer County recorded the lowest yield of the published counties at 31.8 bushels of beans per acre.
Then the Wisconsin District recording the highest corn for grain production in 2017 was the South Central District with 133 million bushels according to estimates. Dane County was the largest corn producing county with 30.1 million bushels. Rock, Lafayette, Grant and Dodge rounded out the top five.
Lafayette County led all counties in Wisconsin with a county average yield of 206.0 bushels of grain corn per acre. Rock County followed with 194.8 bushels, then Pierce with 194.7, Columbia County then had 193.5 bushels, and Green Counties rounded out the top five recording 192.5 bushels per acre. Twelve of the published counties exceeded the 180 bushel per acre yield mark.
Wisconsin producers in the East Central District chopped 4.16 million tons of corn silage in 2017, representing 25 percent of the State total. The West Central District produced 2.48 million tons of silage, accounting for 15 percent of the State total.
Manitowoc County was the top corn silage county in Wisconsin with 779,000 tons of corn silage produced. Dane, Marathon, Shawano, and Brown rounded out the top five. Pepin and Columbia Counties both had the highest average yield, at 24.0 tons per acre. Burnett had the next highest yield at 23.0 tons per acre. Lafayette had the fourth highest yield at 22.5. Washburn rounded out the top five with a yield of 22.0. Thirteen of the published counties had average yields of 20.0 or more tons per acre.
The full 2017 Wisconsin County Crop Estimates Reports can be found on QuickStats at quickstats.nass.usda.gov.