State Soybean Yield Per Acre: Ranking the Top 11

The United States is one of the largest producers of soybeans in the world. The 2019 #1 producing soybean US state was Illinois. Does Illinois have the highest soybean yield in the country?

2019 Soybean Yield Per Acre
2019 State Soybean Yield Per Acre

As seen in the graph showing the 2019 state soybean per acre for each state, Illinois was ranked third producing soybeans with a yield of 54 bushels/acre. Data provided by the USDA NASS allows us to examine the history of the state soybean yield rankings.

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The 2019 Top 11

The top 11 state soybean yields in 2019 were:

  1. Nebraska
  2. Iowa
  3. Illinois
  4. Indiana
  5. Mississippi
  6. Arkansas
  7. Ohio
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Louisiana
  10. New York
  11. Delaware

History of State Soybean Yield Rankings

The listing below shows the soybean yield per acre rankings for each year from 2000 to 2018. The data also shows the yield achieved by each state for the specific year.

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2018

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2018 was:

#1, Illinois,: 63.5 Bu/Ac
#2, Nebraska,: 58 Bu/Ac
#3, Indiana,: 57.5 Bu/Ac
#4, Iowa,: 56 Bu/Ac
#4, Ohio,: 56 Bu/Ac
#6, Mississippi,: 54 Bu/Ac
#7, West Virginia,: 53 Bu/Ac
#8, New York,: 52 Bu/Ac
#9, Louisiana,: 51.5 Bu/Ac
#10, Kentucky,: 51 Bu/Ac
#11, Arkansas,: 50.5 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2017

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2017 was:

#1, Illinois,: 58 Bu/Ac
#2, Nebraska,: 57.5 Bu/Ac
#3, Iowa,: 57 Bu/Ac
#4, Indiana,: 54 Bu/Ac
#4, Louisiana,: 54 Bu/Ac
#4, West Virginia,: 54 Bu/Ac
#7, Kentucky,: 53 Bu/Ac
#7, Mississippi,: 53 Bu/Ac
#9, Arkansas,: 51 Bu/Ac
#9, Delaware,: 51 Bu/Ac
#9, Maryland,: 51 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2016

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2016 was:

#1, Nebraska,: 61 Bu/Ac
#2, Iowa,: 60 Bu/Ac
#3, Illinois,: 59 Bu/Ac
#4, Indiana,: 57.5 Bu/Ac
#5, Wisconsin,: 55 Bu/Ac
#6, Ohio,: 54.5 Bu/Ac
#7, Minnesota,: 52 Bu/Ac
#8, West Virginia,: 51 Bu/Ac
#9, Michigan,: 50.5 Bu/Ac
#10, Kentucky,: 50 Bu/Ac
#11, South Dakota,: 49.5 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2015

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2015 was:

#1, Nebraska,: 58 Bu/Ac
#2, Iowa,: 56.5 Bu/Ac
#3, Illinois,: 56 Bu/Ac
#4, Indiana,: 50 Bu/Ac
#4, Minnesota,: 50 Bu/Ac
#4, Ohio,: 50 Bu/Ac
#7, Wisconsin,: 49.5 Bu/Ac
#8, Arkansas,: 49 Bu/Ac
#8, Kentucky,: 49 Bu/Ac
#8, Michigan,: 49 Bu/Ac
#11, West Virginia,: 48 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2014

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2014 was:

#1, Louisiana,: 56.5 Bu/Ac
#2, Illinois,: 56 Bu/Ac
#3, Indiana,: 55.5 Bu/Ac
#4, Nebraska,: 54 Bu/Ac
#5, Ohio,: 52.5 Bu/Ac
#6, Mississippi,: 52 Bu/Ac
#7, Iowa,: 51 Bu/Ac
#7, West Virginia,: 51 Bu/Ac
#9, Arkansas,: 49.5 Bu/Ac
#10, Pennsylvania,: 49 Bu/Ac
#11, Delaware,: 47.5 Bu/Ac
#11, Kentucky,: 47.5 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2013

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2013 was:

#1, Nebraska,: 53.5 Bu/Ac
#2, Indiana,: 51.5 Bu/Ac
#3, Illinois,: 50 Bu/Ac
#3, Kentucky,: 50 Bu/Ac
#5, Ohio,: 49.5 Bu/Ac
#6, Pennsylvania,: 49 Bu/Ac
#7, Louisiana,: 48.5 Bu/Ac
#8, New York,: 48 Bu/Ac
#9, Tennessee,: 46.5 Bu/Ac
#9, West Virginia,: 46.5 Bu/Ac
#11, Mississippi,: 46 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2012

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2012 was:

#1, West Virginia,: 49 Bu/Ac
#2, Pennsylvania,: 48 Bu/Ac
#3, Maryland,: 47 Bu/Ac
#4, Louisiana,: 46.5 Bu/Ac
#5, New York,: 46 Bu/Ac
#6, Alabama,: 45 Bu/Ac
#6, Iowa,: 45 Bu/Ac
#6, Mississippi,: 45 Bu/Ac
#6, Ohio,: 45 Bu/Ac
#10, Indiana,: 44 Bu/Ac
#11, Arkansas,: 43.5 Bu/Ac
#11, Minnesota,: 43.5 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2011

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2011 was:

#1, Nebraska,: 54 Bu/Ac
#2, Iowa,: 51.5 Bu/Ac
#3, Ohio,: 48 Bu/Ac
#4, Illinois,: 47.5 Bu/Ac
#5, Wisconsin,: 47 Bu/Ac
#6, Indiana,: 45.5 Bu/Ac
#7, Michigan,: 44.5 Bu/Ac
#8, Pennsylvania,: 44 Bu/Ac
#9, New York,: 43 Bu/Ac
#9, West Virginia,: 43 Bu/Ac
#11, Virginia,: 40 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2010

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2010 was:

#1, Nebraska,: 52.5 Bu/Ac
#2, Illinois,: 51.5 Bu/Ac
#3, Iowa,: 51 Bu/Ac
#4, Wisconsin,: 50.5 Bu/Ac
#5, Indiana,: 48.5 Bu/Ac
#6, New York,: 48 Bu/Ac
#6, Ohio,: 48 Bu/Ac
#8, Minnesota,: 45 Bu/Ac
#9, Michigan,: 43.5 Bu/Ac
#10, Pennsylvania,: 42 Bu/Ac
#11, Missouri,: 41.5 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2009

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2009 was:

#1, Nebraska,: 54.5 Bu/Ac
#2, Iowa,: 51 Bu/Ac
#3, Indiana,: 49 Bu/Ac
#3, Ohio,: 49 Bu/Ac
#5, Kentucky,: 48 Bu/Ac
#6, Illinois,: 46 Bu/Ac
#6, Pennsylvania,: 46 Bu/Ac
#8, Tennessee,: 45 Bu/Ac
#9, Kansas,: 44.5 Bu/Ac
#10, Missouri,: 43.5 Bu/Ac
#11, New York,: 43 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2008

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2008 was:

#1, Illinois,: 47 Bu/Ac
#2, Iowa,: 46.5 Bu/Ac
#2, Nebraska,: 46.5 Bu/Ac
#4, New York,: 46 Bu/Ac
#5, Indiana,: 45 Bu/Ac
#6, West Virginia,: 41 Bu/Ac
#7, Mississippi,: 40 Bu/Ac
#7, Pennsylvania,: 40 Bu/Ac
#9, Arkansas,: 38 Bu/Ac
#9, Florida,: 38 Bu/Ac
#9, Minnesota,: 38 Bu/Ac
#9, Missouri,: 38 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2007

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2007 was:

#1, Iowa,: 52 Bu/Ac
#2, Nebraska,: 51 Bu/Ac
#3, Ohio,: 47 Bu/Ac
#4, Indiana,: 46 Bu/Ac
#5, Illinois,: 43.5 Bu/Ac
#6, Louisiana,: 43 Bu/Ac
#7, Minnesota,: 42.5 Bu/Ac
#8, South Dakota,: 42 Bu/Ac
#9, Pennsylvania,: 41 Bu/Ac
#10, Mississippi,: 40.5 Bu/Ac
#10, Wisconsin,: 40.5 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2006

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2006 was:

#1, Iowa,: 50.5 Bu/Ac
#2, Indiana,: 50 Bu/Ac
#2, Nebraska,: 50 Bu/Ac
#4, Illinois,: 48 Bu/Ac
#5, Ohio,: 47 Bu/Ac
#6, Michigan,: 46 Bu/Ac
#6, New York,: 46 Bu/Ac
#8, Minnesota,: 44.5 Bu/Ac
#9, Kentucky,: 44 Bu/Ac
#9, Wisconsin,: 44 Bu/Ac
#11, West Virginia,: 42 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2005

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2005 was:

#1, Iowa,: 52.5 Bu/Ac
#2, Nebraska,: 50.5 Bu/Ac
#3, Indiana,: 49 Bu/Ac
#4, Illinois,: 46.5 Bu/Ac
#5, Minnesota,: 45.5 Bu/Ac
#6, Ohio,: 45 Bu/Ac
#7, Wisconsin,: 44 Bu/Ac
#8, Kentucky,: 43 Bu/Ac
#9, New York,: 42 Bu/Ac
#10, Pennsylvania,: 41 Bu/Ac
#11, Michigan,: 38.5 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2004

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2004 was:

#1, Indiana,: 51.5 Bu/Ac
#2, Illinois,: 50 Bu/Ac
#3, Iowa,: 49 Bu/Ac
#4, Ohio,: 47 Bu/Ac
#5, Nebraska,: 46 Bu/Ac
#5, Pennsylvania,: 46 Bu/Ac
#5, West Virginia,: 46 Bu/Ac
#8, Missouri,: 45 Bu/Ac
#9, Kentucky,: 44 Bu/Ac
#10, Maryland,: 43 Bu/Ac
#11, Delaware,: 42.5 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2003

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2003 was:

#1, Kentucky,: 43.5 Bu/Ac
#2, Tennessee,: 42 Bu/Ac
#3, Pennsylvania,: 41 Bu/Ac
#3, West Virginia,: 41 Bu/Ac
#5, Nebraska,: 40.5 Bu/Ac
#6, Mississippi,: 39 Bu/Ac
#7, Arkansas,: 38.5 Bu/Ac
#7, Ohio,: 38.5 Bu/Ac
#9, Indiana,: 38 Bu/Ac
#10, Illinois,: 37 Bu/Ac
#10, Maryland,: 37 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2002

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2002 was:

#1, Iowa,: 48 Bu/Ac
#2, Wisconsin,: 44 Bu/Ac
#3, Minnesota,: 43.5 Bu/Ac
#4, Illinois,: 43 Bu/Ac
#5, Indiana,: 41.5 Bu/Ac
#6, Michigan,: 38.5 Bu/Ac
#6, Nebraska,: 38.5 Bu/Ac
#8, West Virginia,: 37 Bu/Ac
#9, Missouri,: 34 Bu/Ac
#10, Arkansas,: 33.5 Bu/Ac
#11, Florida,: 33 Bu/Ac
#11, Kentucky,: 33 Bu/Ac
#11, North Dakota,: 33 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2001

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2001 was:

#1, Indiana,: 49 Bu/Ac
#2, Nebraska,: 45.5 Bu/Ac
#3, Illinois,: 45 Bu/Ac
#4, Iowa,: 44 Bu/Ac
#5, West Virginia,: 42 Bu/Ac
#6, Ohio,: 41 Bu/Ac
#7, Kentucky,: 40 Bu/Ac
#8, Delaware,: 39 Bu/Ac
#8, Maryland,: 39 Bu/Ac
#10, Missouri,: 38 Bu/Ac
#11, Minnesota,: 37 Bu/Ac
#11, Wisconsin,: 37 Bu/Ac

State Soybean Yield Per Acre: The Top 11 of 2000

The top 11 state average soybeans yields for 2000 was:

#1, West Virginia,: 47 Bu/Ac
#2, Indiana,: 46 Bu/Ac
#3, Illinois,: 44 Bu/Ac
#4, Iowa,: 43.5 Bu/Ac
#5, Delaware,: 43 Bu/Ac
#5, Maryland,: 43 Bu/Ac
#5, Pennsylvania,: 43 Bu/Ac
#8, Ohio,: 42 Bu/Ac
#9, Minnesota,: 41 Bu/Ac
#10, New Jersey,: 40 Bu/Ac
#10, Wisconsin,: 40 Bu/Ac

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