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Vol. XLI ([covers January 1962/December 1962])

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


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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE                           WISCONSIN
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Slatistical Reporting  Service                                 Division of
Agricultural Statistics
Federal - State Crop Reporting Service
C. D. Caparoon, In Charge               C. A. Hines, Asst. In Charge    
     E. W. Morehead, Edit.o
Agricultural Statisticians
V. C Struck,   G. N. Tucker, Jr.,  A. Sturges,  A. D. Richardson,  N. L.
Brereton,  H. M. Sprav. Jr
Vol. XLI, No. 4              State Capitol, Madison, Wisconsin          
      April 1962
WISCONSIN CROP CORRE-
SPONDENTS report pasture and
rye prospects on April 1 as slightly
better than a year ago and much bet-
ter than usual for the date. Winter
wheat production is expected to be be-
low a year ago, however, but consider-
ably above average for the state.
Wisconsin farmers reporting acre-
age intentions for 1962 indicate
larger acreages will be planted to
corn, rye and hay this year than last.
Smaller acreages are expected to be
planted to oats, barley, winter wheat,
tobacco and soybeans, while no changes
are anticipated in the number of acres
planted to spring wheat and flax.
X Farmers report similar changes in
the acreage planned for vegetables in
1962. More acres are expected to be
planted to peas for processing, green
lima beans and snap beans than in
1961. It is anticipated that fewer
Winter Wheat Production
1962 as
Thousands of bushels      percent o1
Ares                         10-yr.        10-yr.
Indi-              a,.            ay.
cated     1961     1951-  1961   1951-
1962               60            60
Wisconsin       1,080     1,204     625 89.7   130.9
United
States     921,170 1,076,274 876,232 85.6    105.1
acres will be planted to cabbage for
kraut than a year ago, while about
the same acreage will be planted to
sweet corn, potatoes, sugar beets and
onions this year as last.
Planting may be a little behind
schedule this spring in some areas.
Poor drying conditions have kept
farmers out of fields past the middle
of April, although frost has been out
of the ground since the first of the
month. This year, farmers began
spring work with fewer fields fall-
plowed than a year ago.
In most parts of the state, farmers
can expect to turn cows out on pas-
ture at the usual time. Pastures in
general came through the winter in
good condition with little winterkill.
A cool spring has delayed grass
growth preventing spring frost dam-
age. There is excellent moisture in the
ground which should prompt early
pasture growth.
Rye and Pasture Conditions, April I
Wisconsin            United States
10-yr.                10-yr.
Crop       1962    1961    ay.    1962   1961    av.
65t1-                 1951-
60                    60
As percent of normal
Rye      .      94      92      9      87     89      84
Pasture         94      91     89      82     86      78
Wisconsin farmers will begin the
crop season with larger quantities of
most feed grains then they had on
their farms a year ago. Grain stock
estimates on April 1 include 67,411,-
000 bushels of corn, 22 percent more
than last year and 38 percent more
than average for the same date. Hold-
ings of oats by state farmers amount
Weather Summary, March 1962
Station
Superior
Spooner
Park Falls -
Rhinelander -
Medlord
Marinette
Antigo.
Amery
River Falls -
La Crosse -
Hatfield Dam
Marshfield
Hancock_ -_
Oshkosh -
Green Bay
Portage-
Sheboygan -
Manitowoc ---
Lancaster --
Darlington
Hillsboro
Madison-
Beloit
Lake Geneva
Milwaukee
(airport)
Average for
25 stations
Temperature
-38
-38
30
-36
-40
-20
23
40
-31
-28
-40
28
-39
-24
-29
-25
12
18
-22
-38
_29
-13
10
28.0
.t
47
54
58
60
53
57
58
SI
53
66
64
68
60
62
58
70
54
50
71
72
64
70
73
67
67
61.1
26
28
28
29
27
31
28
26
27
29
30
27
27
29
27
31
32
29
30
31
28
30
33
32
30
29.0
25.1
26.0
24.6
24.8
25.5
Zs 6
29.9
26.9
26.2
27.8
30. 5
28.0
26.8
28.2
29. 7
27.7
32.2
31. 5
31.2
32. 3
33.0
3 3.
19.6
35.0
33.6
31.0
29. 1
Precipitation
3.00
1 .28
0.80
08410
0.71
1. 48
1.03
0.55
I.43
2.11
1 77
1.30
1.65
1.13
1.81
I.43
1.07
1.65
1 .39
1 73
1.30
1.50
I .69
1.41
z
1.52
1.28
1.41
1.43
1.7(
1.54
1.44
1.34
1.70
2. 0
1.64
1 .62
1. 43
1. 57
1.34
1.86
1.98
1.99
2.16
1.95
1.88
1.84
1.94
2.55
2. 31
l .74
*1 ;.g
4.11.1
+2.46
+0.29
0.12
1.03
1.57
+1 .64
-0.06
0.79
0.06
-0.38
+0 .74
+0. 72
0.19
+0.54
+0.85
+0.12
+1.42
0.57
-0. 48
-0. 42
-0.83
I 10 0
1.15
+0.54
+0.67
+0.09
to 58,514,000 bushels-up 31 percent
from a year ago and 6 percent from
average.
Stocks of soybeans and rye on Wis-
consin farms on April first are also
larger than a year ago, but holdings
of wheat and barley for this time of
year are smaller than both last year
and average. Stocks of all feed grains
in the nation, with the exception of
corn and soybeans, were smaller on
April 1 than a year ago.
Milk Production Continues
To Increase
Milk production for March set a
new record in Wisconsin. The previous
high for March was recorded in 1959
when 1,653,000,000 pounds were pro-
duced. The 1,701,000,000 pounds pro-
duced in March of 1962 is 3 percent
above the previous March high. This
March production level is about 4 per-
cent above the March 1961 level of
1,638,000,000 pounds and 13 percent
greater than the latest   ar aver-
age of 1,510,000,000                   V 's4'Firs
1iiv 7 7
IN THIS ISSUE
April Crop Report
Pasture and rye prospects
are better than last year.
Field work in some areas is
behind schedule.
Milk Production
Wisconsin milk produc-
tion, so far in 1962, is 4
percent above last year.
Egg Production
Wisconsin hens set a new
production record for the
month of March. Each 100
layers produced 1,941 eggs.
Farm Prices
Outlook is for improved
hog prices this summer and
fall. This is because of a
smaller pig crop than orig-
inally intended.
Farm Labor
Wisconsin farm labor re-
quirement continues its
gradual decline. March was
1 1 percent below the 1956-
60 average for the month.
Current Trend Charts
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