Where did White County rank recently in corn production among all other Indiana counties? What was a recent state-wide yield for soybeans? These and other questions are addressed in the annual Indiana Agricultural Statistics bulletin. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Indiana Field Office, publishes the Indiana Agricultural Statistics bulletin each fall, and it contains current and historic data for all major crops, livestock, economic and related data. Print copies of the report are now available, and it is now available online at: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Indiana/. Note: due to the nature of data collection, many of the statistics are from 2017. Below are a few highlights:
Statewide, Indiana ranks as follows on crops among all states: corn for grain, 5th; soybeans, 5th; peppermint, 4th; spearmint, 3rd; all tomatoes, 3rd; cantaloupe, 6th; watermelon, 5th; and pumpkins, 4th. In livestock, Indiana ranks 5th on all hogs (as of Dec. 1, 2017), and 2nd in chickens (as of Dec. 1, 2017). We ranked 8th in pig crop, 4th in turkeys raised, and 2nd in total eggs produced.
Indiana farmers received $10.6 billion in cash receipts from marketing’s in 2017. Corn was the leading source of income, amounting to $3.28 billion. Soybeans were second at $3.08 billion. Meat animals were third at $1.62 billion. Poultry and eggs were fourth at $1.18 billion, followed by dairy at $750 million.
Here is how White County ranked among all Indiana counties for crops in 2017: corn, 2nd at 25,400,000 bushels; soybeans, 3rd at 6,569,000 bushels; wheat, 34th; and alfalfa hay, 19th. For livestock in 2018, White County producers ranked 27th in number of beef cows (2,300), and 44th in number of milk cows (400). According to the 2012 Ag Census, White County ranked 2nd in all hogs and 14th in all sheep. No data was available for chickens. Of the 323,281 total acres in White County, 288,195 of those acres are in farms (2012 Ag Census). 267,726 acres are in cropland, 5,021 acres are pastureland, and 9,776 acres are woodland. There were 631 White County farms in 2012, at an average size of 457 acres.
USDA/NASS, Indiana Field Office will also update data periodically on certain pieces of information on their website (see above). For example, 2018 county and state-wide average yield data for corn and soybean in 2018 is set to be released Feb. 22, 2019. Greg Matli, state statistician, reports that new Census of Agriculture data will be available on Feb. 21, 2019.