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University of Illinois Extension serving Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties

McLean County
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
Email: uie-lmw@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 11:30-12:30 pm)

Livingston County
1412 S Locust
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815-842-1776
FAX: 815-842-6547
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

McLean County
UNITY Community Center
632 Orlando Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-862-4041
FAX: 309-663-8270
Hours: Monday - Friday 11am to 7:00 pm

Woodford County
109 East Eureka Avenue
Eureka, IL 61530
Phone: 309-467-3789
FAX: 309-467-6034
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Commercial Agriculture

Commercial Agriculture

McLean County Agriculture History & Facts

A Snapshot of McLean County Agriculture

Did You Know?

  • There are 1442 total farms operating 688,063 acres.
  • The land and buildings value is almost $1.3 million per farm and $2912 per acre, up from 1997
  • The average farm has a machinery and equipment investment of almost $120,000.
  • Of the total farms listed above (1442) the breakdown is as follows:

    1 acre to 179 acres = 602 farms
    180 acres to 499 acres = 336 farms
    500 acres to 999 acres = 286 farms
    > 1000 acres = 218 farms

  • In 2002, over 207 million dollars of agriculture products were sold with an average of $144,000 per farm. About 87% of the sales were crop products and 13% livestock products.
  • There are 991 full time farmers and 451 part time farmers in the county.
  • In 2003, we produced almost 58 million bushels of corn and over 10 million bushels of soybeans.
  • Our county record corn yield was produced in 2003 at 182 bushels per acre and our county record for soybeans is 54 bushels per acre in 2002.
  • In 2002, nearly 13,000 cattle/calves and nearly 245,000 hogs/pigs spent time in the county.
  • Typical corn acreage is at 325,000 acres of corn and 300,000 acres of soybeans
  • In 2002 farmers purchased:
    • over 8 million dollars worth of livestock and poultry
    • over 11 millions dollars worth of livestock feed-nearly 14 million dollars worth of crop seed
    • over 19 million dollars worth of commercial fertilizer
    • nearly 14 million dollars worth of agricultural chemicals
    • nearly 6 million dollars worth of petroleum products (down from $8 million in 1997)
    • over 6 million dollars worth of hired labor-nearly 11 million dollars worth of repairs
    • spent nearly 9 million dollars interest on loans
    • nearly 25 million dollars worth of miscellaneous expenses (taxes, electricity, etc.)
  • If you line up the 2003 McLean County corn production, kernel end to kernel end, it would circle the earth almost 1200 times and more than fill the Sears Tower in Chicago! For more information, go to www.mcleanextension.org

(Sources: USDA 2002 Census of Agriculture, IL Dept of Agriculture Statistics 2003)
(Compiled by Donald E. Meyer)