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Cooperative Crop and Livestock Reporting Service (Wis.); Federal-State Crop and Livestock Reporting Service (Wis.); Federal-State Crop Reporting Service (Wis.) / Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter
Vol. XL ([covers January 1961/December 1961])

Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter. Vol. XL, no. 5,   pp. [1]-4 PDF (2.5 MB)


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WISCONSIN CROP AND LIVESTOCK REPORTER
State Usually Has
Good Pasture Season
Pasture conditions on May 1 for
the state as a whole averaged 83 per-
cent of normal for the date and were
somewhat below the average of recent
years. Rye is making a better show-
ing than a year ago and the condition
of the crop is above average for
May 1. The pasture season will begin
with farm stocks of hay estimated at
more than 21/2 million tons-27 per-
cent more than early in May last
year.
The following table shows the
state's last poor pasture season was
in 1958 when pasture conditions aver-
aged 76 percent of normal for the
season. Pasture conditions for the
1959 season averaged 87 percent of
normal, and for 1960 averaged 89 per-
cent.
Wisconsin Pasture Conditions. 1940-60'
Year
Apr. I May    I June  | July     Aug. | Sept.     Oct.    Nov.
-            __ _ _    _ __      _ .I  _
As percent of normal condition
75
89
89
94
86
95
92
87
91
83
83
93
94
89
78
92
91
87
89
87
90
73
98
86
84
82
88
84
81
89
82
73
89
91
S5
87
93
78
88
88
87
I As reported by crop correspondents on the first of the month.
Wisconsin Has Big
Maple Sirup Output
Maple sirup production in Wiscon-
sin this year was the largest in recent
years, and the state ranked third in
output compared with fifth last year.
Weather conditions were nearly
ideal for an early start of sap flow.
Until mid-April temperatures favored
a heavy flow of sap by seldom drop-
ping low enough to cut it off and
never rising too high to endanger the
quality of the sap. This resulted in a
high proportion of the sirup crop
grading light amber or fancy. Many
producers believed this was the best
season they have experienced.
Maple sirup production in the state
this year is estimated at 105,000 gal-
83
87
93
86
95
82
78
84
86
82
75
97
91
86
86
85
73
90
93
89
95
96
93
92
86
91
69
72
88
100
96
87
92_
91
88
92
77
86
V3    1 94
79
72
92
86
74
91
73
81
58
78
88
98
94
78
RD
so
80
85
89
71
81
86
87
60
89
80
54
90
55
66
46
73
81
97
94
78
,0
62
84
79
63
89
84
82
81
88
79
77
92
72
83
47
71
79
96
84
66
RA
57
81
7835
92       91
75
87
82
72
70
82
72
79
43
67
77
92
63
50
67
65
80
90      86
Ions compared with only 57,000 gal-
lons produced last year and the 1950-
59 average of 80,000 gallons. Other
recent years of heavy output include
103,000 gallons in 1950 and 99,000
gallons in 1957.
Wisconsin producers were receiving
an average of $5 a gallon for their
sirup this year or about the same
price as a year ago. With practically
the same price but a record produc-
tion this year, the farm value of the
Wisconsin maple sirup crop is esti-
mated at $525,000 compared with only
$291,000 reported for the 1960 crop.
Substantial increases in maple sirup
production, except for Maine, are also
shown for the other states reporting
output. But only Wisconsin, New
York, and Maryland had outputs
Maple Sirup Production by States
State
_   -   -   -   -   -  _ -_
Maine .
New Hampshir
Vermont
Massachusetts
New TYork
Pennsylvania
Ohio
Michigan
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Maryland
United Staes-----
United States
Sirup model
1961     1960    average
Thousand gallons
8
43
544
44
470
90
99
82
105
7
I,510
1,510
9
39
451
34
326
54
76
65
57
4
8
1,123
1,123
15
50
ies
608
44
426
102
129
87
80
10
14
1,564
Includes sirup later made into sugar. Does not inelode
production on nonfarm lands in Somerset County, Maine.
above the 10-year average. Total
maple sirup production for the eleven
states reporting is estimated at 1,510,-
000 gallons-about 34 percent more
than the 1960 crop but 3 percent be-
low average.
Smaller Farm Flocks
Reduce Egg Production
The farm income from eggs sold in
April dropped from a year ago with
a decrease in egg production, lower
prices, and a less favorable egg-feed
price relationship.
Wisconsin farm flocks laid 168 mil-
lion eggs in April. This production
was about 5 percent below April last
year and resulted from a smaller
number of layers. Egg production per
hundred layers averaged the same as
for April last year. Both the number
of layers and total egg production on
Wisconsin farms in April were at the
lowest levels for the month since rec-
ords began in 1925. During the first
four months of this year Wisconsin
farm flocks have produced about 8
percent fewer eggs than during the
comparable period of 1960.
The nation's farm flocks laid 5,498
million eggs during April-1 percent
less than a year ago. The January
through April egg production on the
nation's farms was 3 percent below
the output for the comparable period
last year while for the state the de-
crease was about 8 percent.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
STATISTICAL REPORTING SERVICE
OFFICIAL BUSINESS
RETURN AFTER FIVE DAYS TO
AGRICULTURAL STATISTICIAN
BOX 351
MADISON, WISCONSIN
POSTAGE AND FEES PAID
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
L EGI3: 5:IVEF RELaENCE LIERARY
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