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Cooperative Crop and Livestock Reporting Service (Wis.); Federal-State Crop and Livestock Reporting Service (Wis.); Federal-State Crop Reporting Service (Wis.) / Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter
Vol. XLII ([covers January 1963/July 1963])

Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter. Vol. XLII, no. 4,   pp. [13]-16 PDF (1.9 MB)


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REPORTER
S1AIL5 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE                   WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE
Statistical Reporting Service                         Division of Agricultural
Statistics
C. D. Caparoon, In Charge
Agricultural Statisticians
C. W. LeGrande            G. N. Tucker, Jr.,
N. L. Brereton
C. A. Hines, Asst. In Charge
Vol. XLII, No. 4                 Box 351, Madison, Wisconsin            
         April, 1963
SOME SPRING PLOWING was
done on Wisconsin farms before the
first of April, and field work was
underway in some areas of the south-
ern half of Wisconsin by the second
week of April. By April 6 snow had
disappeared from the state except for
scattered patches, and there was little
frost in the southern,eastern, and some
west-central counties.
Vegetation went into the winter
with a deficiency of moisture last fall
in some of the important hay and pas-
ture areas of the state. However,
early reports this spring indicate that
hay and pasture may have come
through the winter in better than aver-
age condition, although the snow
cover was light in some areas.
April 1 reports from Wisconsin
farmers indicate pasture conditions
Rye and Pasture Conditions, April 1
Wisconsin      United States
Crop           s5-yr            5-yr.
Crp1963 1962  av.  1963 1962 1957
61              6i
As percent of normal
Rye .. 93    94 1 89   5 86 1 87  86
Pasture 93   94   89   81   82   81
for the state averaged 93 percent of
normal compared with the average for
the date of 89 percent. The condition
of rye was 93 percent of normal and
also above average for April 1. For
the nation pasture conditions aver-
aged 81 percent of normal and rye
conditions 86 percent. These figures
are about average for both crops.
Grain Stocks Smaller
Stocks of grain on Wisconsin farms
are generally smaller than a year ago
and below average for the beginning
of April. The state's farmers held
about 543/4 million bushels of corn
and nearly 531/2 million bushels of
oats on April 1. Farm stocks of corn
were 17 percent below a year ago
and 9 percent under average. Stocks
of oats on farms were off 9 percent
from April 1 last year and 7 percent
less than average.
There are 39,000 more bushels of
rye than a year ago. Stocks of wheat
are smaller than April 1 last year and
average. Barley holdings are about
equal to a year ago but below aver-
age.
For the nation, stocks of corn on
farms on April 1 were estimated at
about 2 billion bushels-7 percent
below last year but 9 percent above
average. Holdings of oats are about
equal to a year ago but 12 percent
below average. Stocks of barley are
30 percent larger than a year ago
and 2 percent below average, while
wheat holdings are 7 percent below
a year ago and 10 percent less than
average.
Winter Wheat Production
Thousands of bushels  1963 as
percent of
Area   Indi.       5-yr.      5-yr.
av.        av.
cated  1962  19- 1962197
1963     ~~~~61      61
Wisconsin  1,190  1,147  990 104  120
United
States  926,944 816,379 997,730 114  93
Weather Summary, March 1963
Station
Superior
Spooner
Park Falls
R'nlander
Medford
Marinette
Antigo
Amery
Riv. Falls
La Crosse
Hatfield
Dam
M'rs'field
Hancock
Oshkosh
Gr. Bay
Portage
S'boygan
Mn'towoc
Lancaster
D'rlingt'n
Hillsboro
Madison
Beloit
Lake
Geneva
Milwa'kee
(airport)
Av. for 25
stations
Temperature      Pi
9  68   29  25.1 1.21
-16  71  31   26.0 0.82
- 7  70  29   24.6 1.31
-10  68  29   24.8 1.09
- 9  70  29   25.5 1.41
1  75   31  29.9 2.23
- 2  70  30   26.9 1.61
-19  75  32   26.2 1.59
- 7  75  36   27.8 1.30
3  76   36  30.5 2.25
.13  75  33   28.0 2.93
- 8  71  30   26.8 1.40
-14  75  31   28.2 3.00
- 5  66  31   29.7 2.76
- 3  72  30   27.7 2.58
-11  78  35   32.2 2.17
10  68   34  31.5 1.79
2  68   31  31.2 2.34
5  77   37  32.3 2.50
-12  76  37   33.0 2.09
.15  78  35   30.3 2.30
- 7  75  34   29.6 2.33
1  75   39  35.0 1.37
1  77   37  33.6 2.09
. 1  74  35   31.0 2.20
6.0 72.9 32.8 29.1 1.95
recipitation
1.52  .0.54
1.28  -1.22
I.47  -1.16
1.49  -1.94
1.70  -1.47
1.54  -0.40
1.44  -1.19
1.34  -0.51
1.70  -0.97
2.07  -0.90
1.64 +0.68
1.62  -1.65
1.43 +0.49
1.57  -0.01
1.34 +0.28
1.86  -0.76
1.98  -1.77
1.99  *1.32
2.16  .1.14
1.95  -1.26
1.88  -0.48
1.84  -0.89
1.94  -2.47
2.55  -1.83
2.31  -2.24
1.74  -0.99
Wisconsin Farm Products
Have Low Purchasing Power
Wisconsin's index of prices received
by farmers in March was 238 percent
of the 1910-14 average while the index
of prices paid by farmers was 305
percent. The index of prices received
was the lowest for the month since
1957 while the index of prices paid
was the highest on record for the
month.
Purchasing power of Wisconsin
farm products in March was 22 per-
cent below the 1910-14 average and
the lowest for the month since 1939.
Purchasing power is the ratio of the
index of prices received by farmers
to the index of prices paid.
Wisconsin farm commodity price in-
dex figures for March show decreases
from last year of 6 percent for milk
9 percent for meat animals, and 5
percent for poultry. Partially offset-
ting these losses were gains of 9 per-
cent for eggs and 3 percent for crop
prices. The composite index of all farm
product prices in MWrch was down
nearly 6 percent frCkWeao
Included in the low-eP!AelIWZf tC  D
animal prices were  Deases, fronr
March last year for 114,wbe  cat
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CROP and
IN THIS ISSUE
April Crop Report
Pasture and rye prospects
are above a year earlier.
Grain stocks on Wisconsin
farms are averaging under
a year ago.
Milk Production
March milk production
in Wisconsin was 1 percent
under the same month last
year. So far this year out-
put is below last year.
Egg Production
Wisconsin layers p r o-
duced 12 percent fewer
eggs this March than a year
ago. Both layer numbers
and rate of lay are down.
Prices Farmers Receive & Pay
The March index of prices
received by Wisconsin farm-
ers was the lowest March
index since 1957. The in-
dex of prices paid was a
record high for the month.
Agricultural Price Trends Chart
Features
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