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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)  117 W.  Harvest Road, Bluffton, 824-1930.

County Executive Director Elonda Shirmeyer.

 

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) share office at 117 W.  Harvest Road, Bluffton, 824-1930 ext. 3.

Arelys (Liz) Ortiz, NRCS District Conservationist. Dave Lefforge, ISDA Resource Specialist. Lynne Huffman, SWCD District Coordinator.

 

STATISTICS/INFORMATION

Wells County has a population of 27,964 by the official census in 2015, ranking it as the 56th 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.

2015 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) cash receipts were $163,668,000 (25th in state), with crop receipts $81,531,000 (40th in state) and livestock receipts $82,137,000 (17th in state).

Government payments came to $3,200,000, 26th among 92 counties. Imputed income/rent received was listed at $19,189,000 which was 5th  highest in Indiana.

2015 Total Income for Wells farms was $186,057,000 (24th in state); Less expenses of $171,836,000 (19th in state), leaving a Realized Net Income of $8,562,000 (38th in Indiana)

 

2016 Crop Statistics were:

CORN: 177 bu./acre estimated. Official yield not available due to insufficient data.

SOYBEANS: 105,800 acres planted, 104,500 acres harvested; yield 61.8 bushels per acre, total production 6,459,000 bushels for fifth place in Indiana.

WHEAT: 4,200 acres planted, 3,900 acres harvested; yield 84.6 bushels per acre, total production 330,000 bushels for 16th highest ranking in Indiana.

Livestock Statistics:

CATTLE: January 2017 data: All cattle, 8,000 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; 75th in Indiana

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

TURKEYS: No statistics available.

 

 

Historical Wells County Crop Yield

bushels per acre (rounded up)

           Corn   Beans  Wheat

2016    177?    62        85

2015:   113      42        53

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

 

Note: 2012 – wheat and corn in 2013 and 2016 are yield estimates

(Due to lack of sufficient survey data)

 

                                       Corn      SB       WT

Last 5-year averages:        156      54        73

Last 10-year averages:      156      51        70

Last 15-year averages:      151      49        71

 

Because the agriculture data for the previous  year is published after The Factbook is printed, the latest data available by print time was for 2016.

 

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

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