Farm trivia contest will award three prizes

Think you know your farm trivia?

You can test your knowledge right here, with the chance to win one of three prizes to be given away for whoever gets the most trivia questions correct.

The Paxton Record is offering this farm trivia contest as a promotion for PRIDE in Paxton’s Christmas Parade, which has the theme “Downhome Country Christmas.” The parade is set for Saturday, Nov. 24.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Most correct wins. In the case of one or more ties, a random drawing will determine the order of the winners.
The prizes are:

First place — Gift basket ($30 value) from Market Street General Store in Paxton.

Second place — Family Pleaser from Monical’s Pizza in Paxton.

Third place — Six-pack of glass-bottled sodas ($10 value) from Central Lean in Paxton.

Answers to the questions listed below can be submitted by emailing them to Paxton Record Editor Will Brumleve at or by mailing them to the Paxton Record, P.O. Box 36, Paxton, IL 60957, or dropping off the answers at our office at 208 N. Market St.

Please include a telephone number and email address where you can be contacted if you have won.

The deadline for entries is Monday, Nov. 26. Winners will be announced in the Paxton Record in the Nov. 28 edition.

(1) Which U.S. president was in office when the United States Department of Agriculture was established?
(a) Abraham Lincoln
(b) Teddy Roosevelt
(c) Franklin Roosevelt
(d) Ulysses S. Grant

(2) How many hogs and pigs were counted in Ford County five years ago?
(a) 20,458
(b) 40,444
(c) 50,892
(d) 60,391

(3) How many acres of farmland were there in Ford County in 2002, and how many farms?
(a) 202,569 acres; 302 farms
(b) 251,244 acres; 412 farms
(c) 314,806 acres; 550 farms
(d) 322,564 acres; 561 farms

(4) How did Ford County rank among Illinois’ 102 counties for number of farms 10 years ago?
(a) 22nd
(b) 55th
(c) 66th
(d) 77th

(5) In 2011, how many acres of corn and soybeans were planted in Ford County, and what were the average yields for each crop?
(a) 160,000 acres of corn (137.3 bushels/acre), 118,000 acres of soybeans (43.7 bushels/acre)
(b) 150,000 acres of corn (130.1 bushels/acre), 125,000 acres of soybeans (50.2 bushels/acre)
(c) 170,000 acres of corn (144.5 bushels/acre), 100,000 acres of soybeans (60.3 bushels/acre)
(d) 175,000 acres of corn (150.5 bushels/acre), 95,000 acres of soybeans (35 bushels/acre)

(6) When the National Ag Statistical Survey started compiling data for soybeans in 1927, what two states in the U.S. had data for beans that year?
(a) Florida and Kentucky
(b) Iowa and Missouri
(c) Illinois and Indiana
(d) Iowa and Illinois

(7) How many acres of soybeans were planted in Ford County 85 years ago, and what was the average yield?
(a) 500 acres (15 bushels/acre)
(b) 600 acres (10 bushels/acre)
(c) 800 acres (20 bushels/acre)
(d) 1,000 acres (35 bushels/acre)

(8) When did the National Ag Statistical Survey start collecting data for corn?
(a) 1900
(b) 1910
(c) 1920
(d) 1930

(9) What state had corn data the first year data was collected by the National Ag Statistical Survey?
(a) South Dakota
(b) Kansas
(c) Oklahoma
(d) Nebraska

(10) What year did Illinois first have data collected for corn?
(a) 1915
(b) 1920
(c) 1925
(d) 1930

(11) How many acres of corn were planted in Ford County the first year corn data was collected for Illinois? And what was the average yield?
(a) 120,800 acres (38 bushels/acre)
(b) 130,400 acres (40 bushels/acre)
(c) 140,200 acres (42 bushels/acre)
(d) 145,300 acres (45 bushels/acre)


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