In 2019, five counties recorded total production over 8.00 million bushels of soybeans, led by Polk County, with 9.82 million bushels according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Redwood (9.63 million), Renville (8.84 million), Faribault (8.58 million) and Marshall (8.27 million) also topped the 8.00 million bushel threshold.
Two districts had yields averaging over 50.0 bushels per acre, led by the Southeast District, where yields averaged 51.1 bushels per acre. This was followed by the South Central District, where yields averaged 50.6 bushels per acre. Statewide, 12 counties averaged at least 50.0 bushels per acre, with Goodhue County recording the highest yield in the State, at 54.2 bushels per acre. Martin (53.9), Faribault (53.6), Winona (53.2), and Nicollet (53.1) rounded out the top five yields.
Yields are derived from production divided by area harvested. Only published estimates were considered in rankings of districts and counties.