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Vol. XL ([covers January 1961/December 1961])

Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter. Vol. XL, no. 1,   pp. [1]-4 PDF (1.8 MB)


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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE                                 
  WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Agricultural Marketing Service                                          
Division of Agricultural Statistics
Federal - State Crop Reporting Service
C. D. Caparoon, In Charge                    C. A. Hines, Asst. In Charge
                E. W. Morehead, Edito
Agricultural Statisticians
G. N. Tucker. Jr.,        A. Sturges,         V. C. Struck,          L. E.
Krahn,           B. A. Nelson
Vol. XL, No. 1
State Capitol, Madison, Wisconsin
January 1961
IN THIS ISSUE
January Crop Report
For the state as a whole,
farmers report 60 percent
of the plowing for spring
planting was done last fall
compared with 36 percent
of the plowing for spring
planting in 1960 done in
the fall of 1959. Farm
stocks of corn and most
small grains were smaller
on January 1 than a year
earlier but holdings of hay
were larger.
Milk Production
Milk production on Wis-
consin farms during Decem-
ber was 1 percent above
December 1959.
Egg Production
Wisconsin farm flocks
produced 16 percent fewer
eggs in' pecember than in
December' 1959. Egg pro-
duction for 1960 was off 6
percent from a year earlier.
Prices Farmers Receive
and Pay
Wisconsin's December in-
dex of prices received by
farmers was up 10 percent
from December 1959, and
the index of prices paid
was close to the record-
high for December 1958.
Current Trends
Commercial slaughter in
Wisconsin and the nation is
up from a year ago for cat-
tle and calves but lower for
hogs. Sheep and lambs
marketings were down for
the state but larger for the
nation.
Feature
Fewer Farm Workers
-Wage Rates Up
THE YEAR BEGAN with tempera-
Ttures averaging rather high for a
Wisconsin winter, and there was little
snow cover over much of the state.
Bothered by few of the many extra
chores resulting from severe winter
weather, our crop and dairy report-
ers were able to spare a little more
time making out their January re-
ports. And the unusually good condi-
tion of the rural roads helped mail
carriers get the reports to this office
easier than usual for January.
From the January reports made by
the state's farms, the Wisconsin Crop
Reporting Service estimated that new
seedings were in very good condition
although farmers felt this might not
continue unless there was a good
snow cover. Following a late pasture
season, milk cows were also reported
in good condition.
Fall Plowing in Wisconsin,
1959-60,
(percent of total crop acres)
1960  1959  1958
District   for 1961  for 1960  for 1959
crops  crops  crops
Northwest ---       72   39    70
North  -----     -  84   49    80
Northeast -----------------  77  52  79
West      -        63    33    59
Central -- -- -     62   30    63
East          -     87   60    91
Southwest          27    13    32
South              35    26    51
Southeast - -- -- -  so  38    65
State-60                36   64
X From reports of correspondenits in January of each year.
Farmers added up their acreage
plowed last fall for planting this
spring, and reported they had made
much better headway last fall than a
year earlier. For the state as a whole,
60 percent of the cropland intended
for spring planting was plowed last
fall. Last winter farmers reported
only 36 percent of the acreage for
spring planting was plowed in the
fall of 1959. Farmers in the northern
third of the state made more head-
way with their fall plowing than did
farmers in the southern third where
corn was left standing beyond the
usual time and the fields continued
wet and soggy.
Estimates based on the January 1
reports show Wisconsin farmers had
smaller stocks of feed grains than a
Weather Summary, December 1960
Station
Superior
Spooner -
Park Falls
Rhinelander
Wausau      ,
Marinette
Antigo
Amery
Eau Claire.
La Crosse
Wis. Rapids
Marshfield
Hancock
Oshkosh
Green Bay
Portage -
Sheboygan
Manitowoc
Lancaster
Darlington
Hillsboro
Madison
Beloit.
Lake Genesa
Milwaukee
(airport)...
Average for
25 stations
Temperature
16
20
17
12
9
14
14
12
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60
62
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Precipitation
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0.44
0.71
0.54
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+ 2.85
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+ 8.79
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+ 6.02
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+ 3.45
year earlier, but supplies of hay were
larger. Stocks of grain and hay at the
beginning of the year were greatly
different compared with average for
the date. Holdings of corn were up 30
percent, soybeans 18 percent and hay
46 percent from average. Below aver-
age stocks included decreases of 47
percent for wheat, 17 percent for
Grain and Hay Stocks
on Wisconsin Farms,
on January I
Crop
1960
nd bushels
109,385
797
96,075
879
33
1,154
151
sad tons
1 7,626
1961
55'', of
1960
Percent
83
72
81
79
103
64
85
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