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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
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

McLean County Agriculture/History Facts

Ag/McLean County Facts – 2007 Ag Breakfast


McLean County's highest elevation is 920 feet ASL – SE of Bloomington Normal

McLean County's lowest elevation is at about 600 feet ASL – SW corner of county

McLean County has 3 rivers that have their early tributaries here – Mackinaw, Sangamon, & Vermilion

Illinois has about 1500 different soil types identified. The official state soil is now Drummer silt loam.

Census Facts

In 1900 Ag Census, there were 4873 farmers in McLean County, today there are about 1400.

In 1934 and 1944 there were over 23000 milk cows, In 2002 there were between 3000 and 4000 cows

In 1930, 8,500 acres of a "new" crop called soybeans were grown, today there are over 300,000 acres.

In 1910 there were over 40,000 horses on McLean County farms. In 1997, there were 759 reported.

Production Facts

In 2006, McLean County produced almost 62,000,000 bushels of corn with a yield of 182 bpa. Our record county yield is 185 bpa. As a state we produced about 18% of the nation's corn crop. If you load the entire IL corn crop on a box car train, the train would extend from here to Hong Kong, or about 7600 miles long! If we took the McLean County corn crop and lined it up by kernel, end to end, it would circle the earth almost 1200 times! We could take a left turn and travel to the moon and back 60 times with that same county yield!

In 2006, McLean County produced over 14 million bushels of soybeans and tied our yield record at 54 bpa. As a state, IL produced between 15-16% of the nation's soybean crop.

Between 1978 and 2002, nearly 66,000 acres (about 9%) fewer acres were reported as farms in McLean County, probably due to a combination of urban growth, commercial development and highway upgrades.

About 688,000 acres are farmed in McLean County and about ¾ of those acres are rented acres, NOT owned by the farmer who farms them.

History Facts

On Christmas Day, 1830, when McLean county was named, it included much of what is now Livingston County and all of Woodford/ Dewitt counties. Livingston and Dewitt were organized as counties in 1839. Woodford was organized and removed from us in 1841, and we have had the present size since that time.

A survey by the McLean County barn group shows that only 1/3 of the barns in 1955 are here today.

There are 31 townships in McLean County today.

Most of the present townships were organized as a government entity in about 1858. Some of the early names didn't survive...

  • Mosquito Grove – Allin
  • Pleasant – Arrowsmith
  • Prairie - Bellflower
  • LeRoy – Empire
  • Union – Yates
  • Padua - Dawson

Agriculture Industry Facts

What do we use all of that corn for? (credit - IL Corn Growers)

US - nearly 60% for livestock production

- 20% for processing (ethanol/food use)

- 20% exported

IL - 7% livestock feed in state

- 13% livestock feed out of state

- 31% processing uses

- 50% export uses