Wisconsin Crop and Livestock Reporting Service / Manitowoc County agriculture
Part III: Manitowoc County crops, pp. 25- PDF (5.4 MB)
Crop Reporting Service Bulletin PART III Manitowoc County Crops More of the agriculture enterprise in Manitowoc County is, turning to the production of feed crops as the livestock industry continues to expand. The fact that crops contributed 14,6 percent of the cash farm income in 1949 is not a full indication of their importance to the general agricultural econ- omy. With pastures, crops provide the basis for the livestock and dairy in- dustry. Farmers find it relatively more profitable to feed their crops to cattle, hogs, sheep, and poultry, and to market the livestock and livestock products than to sell the crops as such. Hay, oats, and corn are the three main crops now grown in the county. According to the 1950 Census these three occupied 85.6 percent of the land from which crops were harvested. Chart 5.- Percentage of Cropland in Leading Crops, 1949 Manitowoc County, Wisconsin From 1950 United States Census / OATS - 3,5.8% Pasture is an important part of the grassland farming now being empha- sized. The 1950 Census figures show that 28 percent of the farm land in Mani- towoc County was in pasture. While pastures supply feed mainly during the growing season, the livestock industry also requires feed during the rest of the year. Manitowoc County had almost twice as much acreage in the three main feed crops as it had in pasture in 1950. Yearly information on crop acreage is obtained largely from the reports of Wisconsin assessors who collect these acreages each year for the Crop Re-. porting Service of the Department of Agriculture. TrfZormation on crop yields is obtained mainly from farmer crop reporters wri iiupply monthly data ddaring the growing season on crop conditions and yields. AcrCage and yield data for the various crops in Manitowoc County and area data for the individual towns are shown in the following pages. 25 e¥'
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