Agriculture

August 9, 2011

AGRICULTURE OFFICES
Purdue Extension Service, Wells County Community Center, 1240S 4-H Road, P.O. Box 607, Bluffton, Indiana 46714. Phone  824-6412; Fax 260-824-4891. Home Page:  www.ces.purdue.edu/wells/
Director Roger Sherer, extension educator 4-H Youth Development, William Horan extension educator agriculture and natural resources and economic community development, and Molly Hoag, extension educator health and human sciences. Linda Bushee and Jenni Hoover secretaries. Rex Meyer, Community Center and 4-H Park marketing director.
Farm Service Agency (FSA) (formerly U.S. Agricultural Stabilization & Conservation), 115 Harvest Road, Bluffton, 824-1930.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (formerly USDA  Soil Conservation Service SCS) and Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) share office at 115 Harvest Road, Bluffton, 824-0624.

STATISTICS/INFORMATION
Wells County, with a population of 27,899 by the official census in 2007, ranked 56th among Indiana’s 92 counties in that category, but with 701 farms by the 2007 Census of Agriculture (the most recent year for which statistics are available) was 35th in the state. The average farm size was listed as 278 acres (30th in the state).  Land in farms in Wells totaled 194,602 acres, 29th in Indiana. Cropland was 184,131 acres (22nd in Indiana), Pasture 3,978 acres (85th in state), and Woodland 5,074 acres (77th in state)
2011 Cash Receipts were $165,337,000 (28th in state), with crop receipts $112,660,000 (31st in state) and livestock receipts $52,677,000 (21st in state).
Government payments came to $4,203,000, 32nd among 92 counties. Imputed income/rent received was listed at $4,812,000 which was 41st highest in Indiana.
2011 Total Income for Wells farms was $174,352,000 (28th in state); Less expenses of $138,298,000 (25th in state), leaving a Realized Net Income of $36,054,000 (48th in Indiana)
2012 Crop Statistics were:
CORN: 85,300 acres planted, 81,000 acres harvested; yield 122.0 bushels per acre, total production 9,880,000 bushels for 21st ranking in Indiana.
SOYBEANS: 91,600 acres planted, 91,500 acres harvested; yield 52.5 bushels per acre, total production  4,800,000 bushels for 5th place in Indiana.
WHEAT (2011 data): 7,700 acres planted, 7,500 acres harvested; yield 62.5 bushels per acre, total production 469,000 bushels for 12th highest ranking in Indiana. (2012 data not available.)
ALFALFA HAY (2011 data): 3,700 acres harvested; yield 5.9 tons per acre. Total production 21,800 tons, 18th highest in Indiana. (2012 data not available.)
POPCORN (2012): 1,659 acres harvested. Total production 5,113,750 pounds which was 8th highest in Indiana.
Livestock Statistics:
CATTLE: January 2013: All cattle, 6,800 head (44th in Indiana); Beef cows, 500 head (68th in Indiana); Milk cows, 2,800 head (14th in Indiana).
HOGS: 45,828; 29th in Indiana (2007 statistic)
SHEEP: statistics were not kept.
CHICKENS: 924,421; 4th in state (2007 statistic)
TURKEYS: 33; 24th in state (2007 statistic)

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