Kossuth County 2012 leading corn, soybean producer

Published On: Feb 22 2013 05:49:45 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 22 2013 05:49:00 AM CST
Corn on the cob
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

Farmers in north-central Iowa's Kossuth County beat out all others in corn and soybean production last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a report issued Thursday that Kossuth County led with 52.8 million bushels of corn and 10.3 million bushels of soybeans. It makes sense that Kossuth would stand out, it's the state's largest county by land size and has the most harvested acres of corn and soybeans.

The extreme heat and drought last year reduced yields significantly across much of Iowa. Only Palo Alto and Clay counties in northwest Iowa produced corn yields above 170 bushels per acre.

Southern Iowa counties suffered most. Appanoose County reported the lowest yields with corn at 44.5 bushels per acre and soybeans at 24.3 bushels per acre.