Soybeans

Soybeans are a major row crop in Lafayette County.

According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture County Data report recently released by the United States Department of Agricultural Statistics Service, Lafayette County had 287 farms totaling 133,235 acres.

The service has also issued reports for Hempstead and Miller counties.

The census is conducted every five years. The 2017 report was just released.

The average size of a Lafayette County farm was 464 acres, with the median size 160 acres.

Estimated market value of land and buildings was $1,182,237 per farm.

Lafayette County's farms ranged in size as follows: 1-9 acres, 9 farms; 10-49 acres, 41 farms; 50-179 acres, 112 farms; 180-499 acres, 61 farms; 500-999 acres, 33 farms; and 1,000-plus acres, 31 farms.

Total cropland was 67,718 acres on 205 farms, with 50,019 acres of harvested cropland on 181 farms.

Average market value of agricultural products sold was $415,411 per farm. This included nursery and greenhouse crops, livestock, poultry and their products.

There were 178 farms with 32,066 cattle/calves inventory; 154 farms with 9,882 beef cows; 147 farms with 22,604 cattle/calves sold; no farms with milk cows; 2 farms with hogs/pigs inventory; 2 farms with hogs/pigs sold; 1 farm with sheep/lambs inventory; 20 farms with layers inventory; and 52 farms with 20,962,449 broilers and other meat-type chickens sold.

There were 18 farms growing corn for grain; 4 farms growing corn for silage or greenchop; 5 farms growing wheat for grain; 5 farms growing winter wheat for grain; no farms growing oats for grain, growing sorghum for grain, or sorghum for silage or greenchop; 21 farms growing soybeans for beans; and no farms growing cotton or upland cotton.

There were 156 farms with land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; 8 farms growing rice; and none growing sunflower seed and peanuts. There were 5 farms with vegetables harvested for sale on 28 acres, and 6 farms with 181 acres in orchards.

HEMPSTEAD COUNTY

Hempstead County had 613 farms totaling 186,302 acres. The average size of a farm was 304 acres, with the median size 138 acres.

Estimated market value of land and buildings was $760,967 per farm.

Hempstead County's farms ranged in size as follows: 1-9 acres, 13 farms; 10-49 acres, 108 farms; 50-179 acres, 221 farms; 180-499 acres, 154 farms; 500-999 acres, 80 farms; and 1,000-plus acres, 37 farms.

Total cropland was 51,514 acres on 417 farms, with 40,145 acres harvested cropland on 389 farms.

Average market value of agricultural products was $216,037 sold per farm. These included nursery and greenhouse crops, livestock, poultry and their products.

The report stated there were 444 farms with 53,124 cattle/calves inventory; 412 farms with 31,997 beef cows; 4 farms with 120 milk cows; 422 farms with 24,365 cattle/calves sold; 11 farms with 13,130 hogs/pigs inventory; 8 farms with 123,100 hogs/pigs sold; 15 farms with 249 sheep and lambs inventory; 27 farms with layers inventory of 415,341; and 95 farms with 40,260,643 broilers and other meat-type chickens sold.

There were no farms reported growing corn for grain, corn for silage or greenchop, wheat for grain, winter wheat for grain, oats for grain, sorghum for grain, sorghum for silage or greenchop, soybeans for beans, cotton or upland cotton. There were 375 farms with land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop. There were no farms reported growing rice, sorghum, or peanuts. There were 11 farms with vegetables harvested for sale on 27 acres, and 11 farms with 334 land in orchards.

MILLER COUNTY

In 2017 Miller County had 513 farms totaling 126,613 acres. The average size of a farm was 247 acres, with the median size 80 acres.

Estimated market value of land and buildings was $636,224 per farm.

Miller County's farms ranged in size as follows: 1-9 acres, 26 farms; 10-49 acres, 165 farms; 50-179 acres, 173 farms; 180-499 acres, 96 farms; 500-999 acres, 22 farms; and 1,000-plus acres, 31 farms.

Total cropland was 58,178 acres on 320 farms, with 51,397 harvested cropland on 275 farms.

There was an average of $67,972 market value of agricultural products sold per farm. These included nursery and greenhouse crops, livestock, poultry and their products.

In 2017 there were 330 farms with 22,188 cattle/calves inventory; 291 farms with beef cows inventory; 1 farm with milk cows inventory; 253 farms with 8,693 cattle/calves sold; 8 farms with 32 hogs/pigs inventory; 3 farms with 23 hogs/pigs sold; 2 farms with sheep/lambs inventory; 50 farms with 83,100 layers inventory; and 6 farms with 2,362,000 broilers and other meat-type chickens sold.

There were 12 farms growing corn for grain; 3 farms growing corn for silage or greenchop; 10 farms growing wheat for grain; 10 farms growing winter wheat for grain; and no farms growing oats for grains, sorghum for grain, or sorghum for silage or greenchop; 13 farms growing soybeans for beans; 1 farm growing cotton; and 1 farm growing upland cotton.

There were 243 farms with land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop; 1 farm growing rice; no farms growing sunflower seed or peanuts. There were 16 farms with vegetables harvested for sale on 15 acres, and 20 farms with 1,851 acres in orchards.

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