The United States is one of the largest producers of soybeans in the world.  Soybeans are a dominant crop in US crop production and in 2019 the #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.

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2019

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2019 were:

Yield Rankings: 2019
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Nebraska 58.5
2 Iowa 55.0
3 Illinois 54.0
4 Indiana 51.0
5 Mississippi 50.0
6 Arkansas 49.0
6 Ohio 49.0
6 Pennsylvania 49.0
9 Louisiana 48.0
9 New York 48.0
11 Delaware 47.0
11 Tennessee 47.0
11 Wisconsin 47.0

State Soybean Yield – 2019

Soybean Production by State - 2019 Rankings
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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.

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2018

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2018 were:

Yield Rankings: 2018
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Illinois 63.5
2 Nebraska 58.0
3 Indiana 57.5
4 Iowa 56.0
4 Ohio 56.0
6 Mississippi 54.0
7 West Virginia 53.0
8 New York 52.0
9 Louisiana 51.5
10 Kentucky 51.0
11 Arkansas 50.5

State Soybean Yield – 2018

Soybean Production by State - 2018 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2017

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2017 were:

Yield Rankings: 2017
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Illinois 58.0
2 Nebraska 57.5
3 Iowa 57.0
4 Indiana 54.0
4 Louisiana 54.0
4 West Virginia 54.0
7 Kentucky 53.0
7 Mississippi 53.0
9 Arkansas 51.0
9 Delaware 51.0
9 Maryland 51.0

State Soybean Yield – 2017

Soybean Production by State - 2017 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2016

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2016 were:

Yield Rankings: 2016
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Nebraska 61.0
2 Iowa 60.0
3 Illinois 59.0
4 Indiana 57.5
5 Wisconsin 55.0
6 Ohio 54.5
7 Minnesota 52.0
8 West Virginia 51.0
9 Michigan 50.5
10 Kentucky 50.0
11 South Dakota 49.5

State Soybean Yield – 2016

Soybean Production by State - 2016 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2015

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2015 were:

Yield Rankings: 2015
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Nebraska 58.0
2 Iowa 56.5
3 Illinois 56.0
4 Indiana 50.0
4 Minnesota 50.0
4 Ohio 50.0
7 Wisconsin 49.5
8 Arkansas 49.0
8 Kentucky 49.0
8 Michigan 49.0
11 West Virginia 48.0

State Soybean Yield – 2015

Soybean Production by State - 2015 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2014

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2014 were:

Yield Rankings: 2014
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Louisiana 56.5
2 Illinois 56.0
3 Indiana 55.5
4 Nebraska 54.0
5 Ohio 52.5
6 Mississippi 52.0
7 Iowa 51.0
7 West Virginia 51.0
9 Arkansas 49.5
10 Pennsylvania 49.0
11 Delaware 47.5
11 Kentucky 47.5

State Soybean Yield – 2014

Soybean Production by State - 2014 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2013

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2013 were:

Yield Rankings: 2013
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Nebraska 53.5
2 Indiana 51.5
3 Illinois 50.0
3 Kentucky 50.0
5 Ohio 49.5
6 Pennsylvania 49.0
7 Louisiana 48.5
8 New York 48.0
9 Tennessee 46.5
9 West Virginia 46.5
11 Mississippi 46.0

State Soybean Yield – 2013

Soybean Production by State - 2013 Rankings
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Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2012

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2012 were:

Yield Rankings: 2012
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 West Virginia 49.0
2 Pennsylvania 48.0
3 Maryland 47.0
4 Louisiana 46.5
5 New York 46.0
6 Alabama 45.0
6 Iowa 45.0
6 Mississippi 45.0
6 Ohio 45.0
10 Indiana 44.0
11 Arkansas 43.5
11 Minnesota 43.5

State Soybean Yield – 2012

Soybean Production by State - 2012 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2011

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2011 were:

Yield Rankings: 2011
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Nebraska 54.0
2 Iowa 51.5
3 Ohio 48.0
4 Illinois 47.5
5 Wisconsin 47.0
6 Indiana 45.5
7 Michigan 44.5
8 Pennsylvania 44.0
9 New York 43.0
9 West Virginia 43.0
11 Virginia 40.0

State Soybean Yield – 2011

Soybean Production by State - 2011 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2010

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2010 were:

Yield Rankings: 2010
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Nebraska 52.5
2 Illinois 51.5
3 Iowa 51.0
4 Wisconsin 50.5
5 Indiana 48.5
6 New York 48.0
6 Ohio 48.0
8 Minnesota 45.0
9 Michigan 43.5
10 Pennsylvania 42.0
11 Missouri 41.5

State Soybean Yield – 2010

Soybean Production by State - 2010 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2009

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2009 were:

Yield Rankings: 2009
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Nebraska 54.5
2 Iowa 51.0
3 Indiana 49.0
3 Ohio 49.0
5 Kentucky 48.0
6 Illinois 46.0
6 Pennsylvania 46.0
8 Tennessee 45.0
9 Kansas 44.5
10 Missouri 43.5
11 New York 43.0

State Soybean Yield – 2009

Soybean Production by State - 2009 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2008

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2008 were:

Yield Rankings: 2008
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Illinois 47.0
2 Iowa 46.5
2 Nebraska 46.5
4 New York 46.0
5 Indiana 45.0
6 West Virginia 41.0
7 Mississippi 40.0
7 Pennsylvania 40.0
9 Arkansas 38.0
9 Florida 38.0
9 Minnesota 38.0
9 Missouri 38.0

State Soybean Yield – 2008

Soybean Production by State - 2008 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2007

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2007 were:

Yield Rankings: 2007
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Iowa 52.0
2 Nebraska 51.0
3 Ohio 47.0
4 Indiana 46.0
5 Illinois 43.5
6 Louisiana 43.0
7 Minnesota 42.5
8 South Dakota 42.0
9 Pennsylvania 41.0
10 Mississippi 40.5
10 Wisconsin 40.5

State Soybean Yield – 2007

Soybean Production by State - 2007 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2006

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2006 were:

Yield Rankings: 2006
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Iowa 50.5
2 Indiana 50.0
2 Nebraska 50.0
4 Illinois 48.0
5 Ohio 47.0
6 Michigan 46.0
6 New York 46.0
8 Minnesota 44.5
9 Kentucky 44.0
9 Wisconsin 44.0
11 West Virginia 42.0

State Soybean Yield – 2006

Soybean Production by State - 2006 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2005

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2005 were:

Yield Rankings: 2005
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Iowa 52.5
2 Nebraska 50.5
3 Indiana 49.0
4 Illinois 46.5
5 Minnesota 45.5
6 Ohio 45.0
7 Wisconsin 44.0
8 Kentucky 43.0
9 New York 42.0
10 Pennsylvania 41.0
11 Michigan 38.5

State Soybean Yield – 2005

Soybean Production by State - 2005 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2004

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2004 were:

Yield Rankings: 2004
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Indiana 51.5
2 Illinois 50.0
3 Iowa 49.0
4 Ohio 47.0
5 Nebraska 46.0
5 Pennsylvania 46.0
5 West Virginia 46.0
8 Missouri 45.0
9 Kentucky 44.0
10 Maryland 43.0
11 Delaware 42.5

State Soybean Yield – 2004

Soybean Production by State - 2004 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2003

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2003 were:

Yield Rankings: 2003
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Kentucky 43.5
2 Tennessee 42.0
3 Pennsylvania 41.0
3 West Virginia 41.0
5 Nebraska 40.5
6 Mississippi 39.0
7 Arkansas 38.5
7 Ohio 38.5
9 Indiana 38.0
10 Illinois 37.0
10 Maryland 37.0

State Soybean Yield – 2003

Soybean Production by State - 2003 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2002

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2002 were:

Yield Rankings: 2002
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Iowa 48.0
2 Wisconsin 44.0
3 Minnesota 43.5
4 Illinois 43.0
5 Indiana 41.5
6 Michigan 38.5
6 Nebraska 38.5
8 West Virginia 37.0
9 Missouri 34.0
10 Arkansas 33.5
11 Florida 33.0
11 Kentucky 33.0
11 North Dakota 33.0

State Soybean Yield – 2002

Soybean Production by State - 2002 Rankings

Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2001

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2001 were:

Yield Rankings: 2001
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 Indiana 49.0
2 Nebraska 45.5
3 Illinois 45.0
4 Iowa 44.0
5 West Virginia 42.0
6 Ohio 41.0
7 Kentucky 40.0
8 Delaware 39.0
8 Maryland 39.0
10 Missouri 38.0
11 Minnesota 37.0
11 Wisconsin 37.0

State Soybean Yield – 2001

Soybean Production by State - 2001 Rankings
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Soybean Yield Per Acre by State: Top 11 of 2000

The top 11 soybean yields by state of 2000 were:

Yield Rankings: 2000
Rank State Yield (bu/ac)
1 West Virginia 47.0
2 Indiana 46.0
3 Illinois 44.0
4 Iowa 43.5
5 Delaware 43.0
5 Maryland 43.0
5 Pennsylvania 43.0
8 Ohio 42.0
9 Minnesota 41.0
10 New Jersey 40.0
10 Wisconsin 40.0

State Soybean Yield – 2000

Soybean Production by State - 2000 Rankings

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