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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 27,949 by the official census in 2016, 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.
2016 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) cash receipts were $173,937,000 (17th in state), with crop receipts $106,460,000 (21st in state) and livestock receipts $67,477,000 (17th in state).
Government payments came to $11,757,000, 15th among 92 counties. Imputed income/rent received was listed at $14,825,000 which was 14th highest in Indiana.
2016 Total Income for Wells farms was $200,519,000 (18th in state); Less expenses of $166,768,000 (19th in state), leaving a Realized Net Income of $33,751,000 (13th in Indiana)

2017 Crop Statistics were:
CORN: 76,000 acres planted, 74,000 acres harvested; yield 185 bushels per acre, total production 13,700,000 bushels for 26th place in Indiana.
SOYBEANS: 107,500 acres planted, 107,400 acres harvested; yield 50.9 bushels per acre, total production 5,471,000 bushels for 14th place in Indiana.
WHEAT: 4,100 acres planted, 3,800 acres harvested; yield 72.6 bushels per acre, total production 276,000 bushels for 18th highest ranking in Indiana.
Livestock Statistics:
CATTLE: January 2018 data: All cattle, 7,800 head (36th in Indiana); Beef cows, 300 head (64th 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
2017 185 51 73
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

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: 169 54 74
Last 10-year averages: 161 51 71
Last 15-year averages: 157 50 72

Because the agriculture data for the previous year is published after The Factbook is printed, the latest data available by print time was for 2017.

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

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