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

Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter. Vol. XL, no. 12,   pp. [1]-8 PDF (3.6 MB)


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' Crop and Livestock Reporter
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE                             WISCONSIN
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Statistical Reporting Service                                    Division
of Agricultural Statistics
Federal - State Crop Reporting Service
C. D. Caparoon, In Charge
G. N. Tucker, Jr.
V. C. Struck,
C. A. Hines, Asst. In Charge
Agricultural Statisticians
A. Sturges,        A. D. Richardson,
E. W. Morehead, Editor
B. A. Nelson
Vol. XL, No. 12               State Capitol, Madison, Wisconsin         
      December 1961
IN THIS ISSUE
The 1961 Crop Summary
Production of many crops
harvested this year was
larger than a year ago.
Yields of some crops includ-
ing corn for grain were the
highest on record.
Milk Production
Milk production on Wis-
consin farms in November
was 5 percent above a year
ago and the highest on rec-
ord for the month. Total
production this year may hit
18 billion pounds of milk.
Egg Production
The high rate of produc-
tion per layer more than
offset the smaller number of
layers than a year ago, and
egg production on Wiscon-
sin farms in November was
3 percent above a year ago.
Prices Farmers Receive and Pay
Prices received by Wis-
consin farmers for products
sold in November averaged
higher than a year ago for
meat animals and crops but
lower for milk, poultry, and
eggs.
Current Trends
Cold storage stocks of
butter, cheese, and frozen
poultry are higher than a
year ago but supplies of
eggs are smaller.
Features
Forest Products
Price Review
Custom Rates
Paid by Farmers
Report More Tractors
On State's Farms
1961 Crop Reporter
Features Listed
N       e RECORD YIELDS per acre
were set for some crops harvested
on Wisconsin farms in 1961, and
yields for most crops were above
average.
Wisconsin farmers harvested crops
from a little more than 9Ma million
acres this year. The harvested acre-
age this year was 1 percent less than
a year ago and 6 percent below aver-
age. Total value of all crops har-
vested in the state this year is esti-
mated at over 455Y% million dollars.
This value is 10 percent above the
total for 1960.
"Best ever" corn crops were re-
ported by many Wisconsin farmers in
1961. And the state's crop of corn for
grain of more than 120% million bush-
els was 11 percent greater than the
1960 crop although the acreage har-
vested was 5 percent smaller. Yields
per acre set a new record with an
average of 73 bushels. The crop of
corn for grain this year has a farm
value of over 127½ million dollars.
Increased production and higher prices
this year boosted the value of the
crop for grain 15 percent above the
1960 total. The yield per acre of corn
for silage also set a new record.
Farmers harvested 130 million bush-
els of oats. The quality of the crop
was good this year, and the average
of 56 bushels per acre was well above
a year ago and average. The value of
the oat crop is estimated at 84½2 mil-
lion dollars or 27 percent more than
a year ago. Production of most small
grains was also above last year. A
record crop of over 2 million bushels
of soybeans was harvested.
Above Average Hay Crop
Tame hay production of a little
more than 9 million tons was 7 per-
cent below the 1960 crop but about 1
million tons above average. The farm
price of hay is higher this year than
in 1960 and the value of 165 1/2 million
dollars is down only 2 percent from
1960.
In addition to corn for grain, rec-
ord yields per acre were established
this year for late fall potatoes, cucum-
bers for pickles, and green lima beans
for processing. Yields for peppermint
for oil and commercial onions were
tied with record-highs of other years.
Weather Summary, November 1961
Station
Superior.------
Spooner.
Park Falls ----
Rhinelander- -
Medlord-
Marineltt-
Antige.
Amery    .
River Falls...
L.a Crosse --.
Hatfield Dam.
Marshfield
Hancock. --
Oshkosh.-.
Green Bay.--.
Portage  .
Sheboygan
Manitowoc --
Lancaster.
Darlington...
Hillsboro--_
Madison--
Belit
Lake Geneva
Milwaukee
(airport)....
Average for
25 stations
Temperature
.5 z"
5    64   32
9    61   32
5    62   30
7    61   31
- 1     61   30
18    63   37
_1      62   31
10    62   33
12    63   34
16    63   35
I    6S   33
6    60   31
5    68   33
12    71   35
17    69   35
14    72   37
23    60   38
19    62   37
IS    68   37
13    71   37
11    62   34
13    71   36
18    76   39
16    74   38
19    74   38
11.3 65.8 34.5
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30.1
32. C
10.1
32. C
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Precipitation
1.53 1.81 -1.62
1.65 1.63  4.89
2.17 2.00 -3.48
2.66 2.00 -0.44
1.17 2.17 -5.39
3.18 2.43 +5.05
2.99 1.97 +4.25
1.77 1.58 +0.53
1.57 1.63 -0.47
2.52 181-2.62
3.08 1.83 +3.24
2.73 2.02 +2.19
3.56 2.17 +5.07
2.81 2.14 +6.31
2.60 1.94 +4.22
4.41 2.11 +7.86
3.08 2.18 +4.14
3.76 2.19 +0.47
6.15 2.16 +8.09
4.11 2.18 +8. 21
3.95 2.29 +3.31
3.94 2.29 +2.52
3.24 2.33 +5.96
2.62 2.45 +8.31
2.37 2.11 +5.70
2.95 2.06 +2.66
Wisconsin's yield per acre for all
potatoes this year is 205 hundred-
weight with averages for late summer
of 190 hundredweight and for fall of
215 hundredweight. The state's potato
crop this year is estimated at nearly
111/2 million hundredweight and the
farms value is placed at over 191/2
million dollars.
Farm Purchasing Power
Declines in November
Wisconsin's index of purchasing
power of farm products in November
was 86 percent of the 1910-14 aver-
age, showing a 1 percent decline from
October and a 2 percent drop from
November 1960. Purchasing power is
the ratio of prices received to prices
paid.
The decline in purchasing power re-
sulted from a 3 percent drop from a
year ago in the index of prices re-
ceived this November. The index of
prices received for products sold by
farmers in November was 257 percent
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