Illinois measures about 400 miles from its northern border to its southernmost tip.
Temperatures generally vary by 10 to 12 degrees from one end of Illinois to the other.
About 89 percent of the Illinois’s cropland is considered prime farmland, ranking the state third nationally in total prime farmland acreage.
More than 2,000 miles of interstate highway and 34,500 miles of other state highway help get crops from field to market
Illinois' 1,118 miles of navigable waterways, including the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, allow for easy shipment of grain to the Gulf of Mexico.
Source: Illinois Department of Agriculture