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Vol. XXIX ([covers January 1950/December 1950])

Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter. Vol. XXIX, no. 11,   pp. [1]-4 PDF (2.0 MB)


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STATE DOCUMENt
WIS. LEG. REF. LIBRARY
WISCONSIN
CROP AND LIVESTOCK REPORTER
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Bureau of Agricultural Economics     Division of Agricultural Statistics
Federal-State Crop Reporting Service
Walter H. Ebling,
C. D. Caparoon,
Agricultural Statltlicans
Emery C. Wilcox
Vol. XXIX, No. 11             State Capitol, Madison, Wisconsin         
  November, 1950
IN THIS ISSUE
November Crop Report
October weather conditions
were ideal for late harvesting
in Wisconsin and the nation as
a whole. Wisconsin had a good
crop year although corn yields
were well below last year and
average. Total crop production
in the nation was one of the
largest on record.
Milk Production
Mild fall weather and late
pastures kept milk production
in October at a high level in
both Wisconsin and the nation.
Wisconsin's October milk pro-
duction was the second largest
recorded.
Egg Production
A record number of eggs was
produced in both Wisconsin and
the nation during October. Egg
production in the state and na-
tion increased about 6 percent
over October last year.
Prices Farmers Receive and
Pay
Prices received by Wisconsin
farmers for products sold aver-
aged about the same in October
as they did in September. Price
gains for some products were
offset by lower prices for
others. The exchange value of
the farmer's dollar has con-
tinued to ease off since the
Korean War began.
Current Trends
Slaughter of hogs and cattle
is larger than a year ago but
sheep and lamb and calf slaugh-
ter is smaller. Sharp increases
over a year ago are shown in
the nation's indicators of em-
ployment, wholesale and retail
prices, production. personal in-
comes, but a smaller increase in
agricultural income.
Special News Item (page 4)
Farm Machinery Rental Rates
THE PAST MONTH was unusually
warm     and dry in Wisconsin. In
most of the state there was very
little frost-much less than in Sept-
ember. Rainfall was light except in
the extreme northwest. In most of
southern Wisconsin it has been too
dry for fall plowing. However, it has
been a good fall for harvesting most
of the late crops and it was favorable
to livestock. Grazing of animals was
uninterrupted throughout the month
of October and even in early Novem-
ber, but because of the dry weather
pastures were short and the feeding
of roughage was quite general.
New seedings appear to be rather
good in most areas and they have
provided a considerable amount of
fall feed.
Crop production in Wisconsin has
been good this year. New record
yields are made in potatoes and in
barley. The important corn crop, on
the other hand, is averaging only 40
bushels per acre, which is 10 bushels
below the record crop of last year and
2 bushels below the state's 10-year
average yield. Even so, the crop is
over 101 million bushels and with
the dry weather in October it cured
out well on most farms. Because of
frost damage to corn in September,
the danger of spoilage was great.
However, with the unusually dry and
warm October the crop cured out
much better than was expected
earlier. Harvesting and cribbing have
proceeded rapidly.
Feed supplies in the state are good
in spite of the reduced corn crop.
There is considerable carry-over of
the high quality corn from last year
and the state's hay crop is 14 percent
larcrer than a year a-o. Crops of
spring-sown grain, such as oats and
barley, with their good yields in 1950
make up in part for the reduced crop
of corn.
The state's cranberry crop is now
estimated at 212,000 barrels, which is
6 percent more than a year ago. The
country as a whole has a big crop of
cranberries, the total being estimated
at 968,000 barrels which is about the
same size as the crop of two years
ago but about 15 percent larger than
the 1949 crop.
United States Crops
Most late maturing crops improved
in both quality and quantity during
October. The country had an ideal
harvesting season in most areas. In
many of the northern areas killing
frosts held off until November.
The nation's corn crop is well above
average but about 272 million bushels
smaller than the good crop of 1949.
Feed supplies, however, are consid-
ered adequate because hay production
is well above last year and crops of
such important feed grains as oats
Weather Summary, October 1950
Station
Duluthb
Spooner
Park Falls
Rhinelandei
Wausau
Marinette.
Escanaba
MinneapoLi
Eau Claire
La Crosse_
Hancock - -
Oshkosh_
Green Bay
Manitowoc
Dubuque
Madison.
Beloit -
Milwaukee
Averagefo
remperature
Degrees Fahrenheit
'a
26
21
25
28
30
31
32
28
30
32
25
29
30
35
34
35
33
34
29 0
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46.5
50.3
48.7
49.I
54.4
54.8
49. I
53.1
54.1
57.(
54.1
54.1
51.1
53.7
55.9
58.4
55.
0
z
44.1
46.3
44.2
44.6
47.2
50.9
46.0
48.9
48.9
50.3
40.4
49.6
48.5
49.0
51.9
50.3
51.3
49.5
548
53.4 48.3
E
,E
73
83
81
79
83
85
68
87
87
87
85
85
79
72
87
82
86
84
RI R
Prec pitation
Inches
a
.5
_
3.21
2.92
1 .82
2.48
1.43
0.99
1.32
1 .22
0.71
1.01
0.95
0.57
1.14
0.87
0.27
0.98
0.73
0.55
I.29
E
i
2.31
2.37
2.68
2.77
2.77
2.66
2.63
2. 0
2.91
2.32
2.49
2.25!
2.54
2.71
2 48
2.43
2. 60
a. -
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a ; -
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+ 1.78
+0.20
-3.93
1-.47
-3.96
2.65
-6.68
-5.92
+0.85
l 2.90
i 3.01
- 0.57
l 5.56
+4.53
+8.33
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2.53   1. 15
lAverage for 16 statiols.
and barley are relatively good this
year.
Crops of deciduous fruits are about
13 percent smaller than last year due
mainly to the decline in apples,
peaches, pears, and grapes. The pro-
duction of truck crops for processing
is about 5 percent less than last year.
With favorable growing conditions
during the fall, however, commercial
vegetables for the fresh market are
in considerably birger supply than a
year ago. The potato crop is a large
one with an estimated production of
over 420 million bushels and Drices
have been weak because of the large
supply.
Milk Production
Mild fall weather and excellent late
pastures kept milk production on
farms in the United States in October
at near record levels. The same was
true of milk production in Wisconsin
where October-especially the last
two weeks-was unusually mild.
However, in some parts of Wisconsin
pastures were too dry to supply
much feed.
The total milk production for the
United States was 9,035 million
pounds, just about the same as in
October last year but 4 percent above
the 10-vear average for the month.
Wisconsin's milk production was esti-
mated at 1,058 million pounds which
is the second largest on record for
the month. It was 3 percent above
October last year and 10 percent
above the 10-year average.
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