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

Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter. Vol. XL, no. 4,   pp. [1]-4 PDF (1.9 MB)


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Wisconsin
Crop and Livestock Reporter
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
Agricultural Statisticians
A
E. W. Morehead, Editor
G. N. Tucker, Jr.     V. C. Struck,    - A. Sturges,      A. D. Richardson,
     B. A. Nelson
Vol. XL, No. 4                  State Capitol, Madison, Wisconsin       
                April 1961
IN THIS ISSUE
April Crop Report
The crop season begins
with prospects for an earlier
start with field work than a
year ago. Pastures and rye
conditions on April 1
averaged a little above a
year earlier. Farmers have
smaller stocks of corn and
small grains than a year
ago.
Milk Production
Wisconsin dairy herds
produced 1 percent more
milk in March than they did
a year ago and the largest
quantity on record for
March.
Egg Production
Farm flocks in the state
laid 5 percent fewer eggs in
March than they did a year
ago, but the nation's layers
upped production 1 percent.
Prices Farmers Receive
and Pay
Wisconsin's index of
prices received by farmers
rose 2 percent from March
last year. The March index
of prices paid set an all-
time high for the month.
Current Trends
The total of personal in-
comes is above a year ago
even though industrial pro-
duction and factory employ-
ment are below last spring.
Features
Farm Employment
Below Last Spring
Farmers Want
Good HaRECEIVE
KAAA k
PASTURE AND RYE prospects
are a little better than a year ago
and above average for the beginning
of April, according to reports of Wis-
consin crop correspondents. Winter
wheat production in the state this
year is also expected to be up from
last year's crop.
Intentions of farmers around the
first of March was for an increase in
the acreage to be planted to most
grains this year. However, since the
feed grain program has developed, we
may find farmers changing their plans
by the time spring planting is done.
While there was still considerable
frost in the ground in some areas of
the state at the beginning of April,
prospects were much better for field
work in early April than they were
a year ago. This year farmers will
begin spring planting with a much
larger percentage of their acreage
plowed last fall than they had a year
ago. With the snow gone. fields are
rapidly getting into condition to be
worked.
Winter Wheat Production
156I as a
Thousands of bushels  percent of
Area                10-yr.    10-yr.
Indi-        aV.       ay.
cated  1960  1950-  1960  1950-
1961         59        59
Wisconsin   960    952  760 100.8 126.3
United
States.. - 1,098,735 1,117,131 840,241  98.4  130.8
Unless rains are excessive in April
and early May, as they were a year
ago, cows will be turned on pasture at
about the usual time. There was an
excellent growth of pasture grass in
May and June last year, but the land
was too wet and soggy for early
pasturing.
Rye and Pasture Conditions, April I
Wisconsin     United States
10-yr.         10-yr.
Crop   1961 1960  as.  1961 1960  as.
1950-          1950-
59             59
As percent of normal condition
Rye        92   87   8    9  189   86 84
DPasture      91   90   88   86   79   78
Weather Summary, March 1961
Station
Superior - ---
Spooner --
Park Falls--
Rhinelander
Medford. - _
Marinette
Antigs
Amery -
River Falls
La Crosse----
Wis. Rapids.
Marshfield ---
Hancock
Oshkosh
Green Bay ---
Portage.
Sheboygan -
Manitowoc-
Lancaster -
Darlington ----
Hillsboro.----
Madison -
Beloit.
Lake Geneva
Milwaukee
(airport)---
Average for
24 stations
Temperature
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55
61
67
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63
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70
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59.1
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33
30
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32
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34
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36
36
34
35
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33
34
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37
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26.2
24. 7
24.8
25.6
30.0
27.0
26.2
27.8
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27.1
28. 7
30.2
28. 5
32.7
31 .8
31.4
32.7
33.6
30.8
32.5
35. 4
32.7
33.3
29.6
Precipitation
a0
U.
2.82
2. 18
2.13
2.0O,
1.91
2 Of
3.10
2.40
2.51
3.37
3.i7
3.72
E
1.72
1.41
1.63
1.64
1.85
1.6S
1.51
1.46
1,89
1.86
1.71
I.51
2 771.63
2. 12 1.76
2 67 1.95
3. 93 2.01
2.60 1.90
3.3  2.33
3.81 2.07
4.211 .97
3.12 1.83
4.20 2.03
A 7qI7 A7
3.U8
3.12
2.19
1.83
+ 0.63
+ 0.45
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-0.66
- 0.76
+ 0. 4
+ 1.17
+ 0.05
-0.16
4 0.76
+ 0.82
±  1.56
0.01
1.05
0.42
0.16
1.30
0.03
+ 0.98
+ 1.41
i- 0.35
T4 0.20
- 0.22
- 0. 29
+ 0.20
Wisconsin farmers will begin the
crop season with smaller quantities of
corn and small grains than they had
on their farms a year ago. April 1
estimates of grain stocks on farms in-
clude 54 million bushels of corn, about
47 million bushels of oats, and less
than one-half million bushels each of
barley, soybeans, and wheat.
Stocks of corn on Wisconsin farms
on April 1 were about a fourth below
a year earlier but a fifth above aver-
age for the date. Holdings of oats
dropped 17 percent from April 1 last
year and 14 percent from the 10-year
average.
Nation's Crop Prospects
For the nation as a whole, the 1961
crop season is off to an early start.
Pasture prospects are more favorable
than a year ago and average. The
winter wheat crop is now expected to
be the third largest on record al-
though 2 percent below a year ago.
Farm stocks of food grains are a
fourth larger than a year ago, and the
tonnage of feed grains is 2 percent
above last year and a third above
average.
LEGISLATIVE
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