From data released on January 12, 2017, Illinois has claimed the title of top soybean-producing state, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Illinois produced nearly 593 million bushels of soybeans in 2016. that number is up from 544 million bushels that the state did in 2015.
The 2016 crop was harvested from 10.05 million acres. "We are excited to regain the title as top soybean-producing state," said Daryl Cates, soybean farmer in Columbia, Illinois and ISA chairman, "we have some of the best producers in the nation."
Sixty percent of the soybeans in Illinois are expected to be exported with a value estimated at $3 billion.