AGRICULTURE OFFICES

Purdue Extension Service, Wells County Community Center, 1240  4-H Park Road, Bluffton, Indiana 46714. Phone  824-6412; Fax 824-4891. Home Page:  extension.purdue.edu/wells/

Director Roger Sherer, extension educator – 4-H youth development, William Horan, extension educator – agriculture and natural resources and community development, and Molly Hoag, extension educator – health and human sciences. Linda Bushee and Jenni Hoover, secretaries. Rex Myers, Community Center and 4-H Park marketing director.

Farm Service Agency (FSA) (formerly U.S. Agricultural Stabilization & Conservation), 115 Harvest Road, Bluffton, 824-1930.

County Executive Director Elonda Shirmeyer.

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 ext. 3.

Kelley Barkell, NRCS District Conservationist. Dave Lefforge, ISDA Resource Specialist. Lynne Huffman, SWCD Administrative Secretary.

 

STATISTICS/INFORMATION

Wells County has a population of 27,862 by the official census in 2014, ranking it as the 58th most populous county in the state. The county has 636 farms by the 2012 Census of Agriculture (the most recent year for which statistics are available) was 35th in the state. The average farm size was listed as 315 acres (23th in the state).  Land in farms in Wells totaled 200,334 acres, 26th in Indiana. Cropland was 189,036 acres, 22nd in Indiana. Harvested cropland was 186,674 acres, 21st in Indiana. Pastureland of all types was 1,224 acres, which was dead last in the state in state of 92 counties. Woodland was 5,139 acres, which is 73rd in the state.

2013 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) cash receipts were $175,538,000 (29th in state), with crop receipts $117,886,000 (31st in state) and livestock receipts $52,652,000 (23rd in state).

Government payments came to $4,797,000, 26th among 92 counties. Imputed income/rent received was listed at $10,548,000 which was 68th highest in Indiana.

2013 Total Income for Wells farms was $190,883,000 (33rd in state); Less expenses of $157,560,000 (25th in state), leaving a Realized Net Income of $33,323,000 (57th in Indiana)

 

 2014 Crop Statistics were:

CORN: 81,000 acres planted, 79,500 acres harvested; yield 189.9 bushels per acre, total production 15,100,000 bushels for 28th place in state.

SOYBEANS: 99,000 acres planted, 98,900 acres harvested; yield 56.7 bushels per acre, total production  5,604,000 bushels for 14th place in Indiana.

WHEAT: 6,000 acres planted, 5,900 acres harvested; yield 86.4 bushels per acre, total production 510,000 bushels for 10th highest ranking in Indiana.

POPCORN: 956 acres harvested. There were no comparison statistics were available.

Livestock Statistics:

CATTLE: January 2015 data: All cattle, 7,900 head (37th in Indiana); Beef cows, 300 head (65th in Indiana); Milk cows, 3,200 head (11th in Indiana).

HOGS: 2012 data: 103,160 head; 12th in Indiana

SHEEP: 2012 data: 165 head.

CHICKENS: 2012 data: 352,378 birds; 4th in state

TURKEYS: No statistics available.

Historical Wells County Crop Yield

bushels per acre (rounded up)

            Corn    Soybeans  Wheat

2014:     190         57           86

2013:     180         57           71

2012:     122         53           70

2011:     148         46           63

2010:     157         51           60

2009:     179         52           78

2008:     158         43           75

2007:     135         48           57

2006:     154         51           74

2005:     151         44           84

2004:     168         53           73

2003:     135         36           73

2002:       97         42           66

2001:     165         51           71

2000:     141         44           75

                                    Corn    SB       WT

Last 5-year avg.:  159      53        70

Last 10-year avg: 157      50        72

Last 15-year avg.: 152      49        72

Statistics for 2015 were not available at the time the Fact Book was published.

Source: Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service — Compiled by Bill Horan, Purdue Extension Service, Wells County Office.

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