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PAXTON — Michael Warnick of Paxton won the Paxton Record’s farm trivia contest, correctly picking the answers of seven of 11 questions.
Warnick wins a gift basket ($30 value) from the Market Street General Store in Paxton. He can come to the Paxton Record’s office at 208 N. Market St. to pick up his prize anytime.
Two people — Ginny Veeder and Kayla Clark — tied for second place with six correct answers. As a result, a random drawing was held to determine the second-place winner, and Veeder ended up winning the tie-breaker. She wins a Family Pleaser from Monical’s Pizza in Paxton. She can also pick up her prize at the Paxton Record office.
That left Clark in third place. She wins a six-pack of glass-bottled sodas from Central Lean in downtown Paxton. She can stop by Central Lean to claim her prize.
Overall, six people entered the contest, which was held to promote PRIDE in Paxton’s Christmas Parade last weekend.
The correct answers to the questions follow:
(1) Which U.S. president was in office when the United States Department of Agriculture was established?
(a) Abraham Lincoln
(2) How many hogs and pigs were counted in Ford County five years ago?
(3) How many acres of farmland were there in Ford County in 2002, and how many farms?
(c) 314,806 acres; 550 farms
(4) How did Ford County rank among Illinois’ 102 counties for number of farms 10 years ago?
(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)
(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?
(d) Iowa and Illinois
(7) How many acres of soybeans were planted in Ford County 85 years ago, and what was the average yield?
(b) 600 acres (10 bushels/acre)
(8) When did the National Ag Statistical Survey start collecting data for corn?
(9) What state had corn data the first year data was collected by the National Ag Statistical Survey?
(10) What year did Illinois first have data collected for corn?
(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)