Those waiting to collect on GRIP crop insurance are no doubt hoping the headline actually read "2012 county estimates are out," but that's not the case. The Indiana ag statistics folks, part of the National Ag Statistics Service, say it takes until at least March 1 to put those estimates together correctly and release them.
However, IASS recently released their 2011-12 Indiana Ag Statistics final number.
This 138-page, big-format book contains statistics on almost anything related to agriculture.
Here's just a sampling. See if your county makes any of these lists. You can learn more by calling 765-494-8371 or 800-363-0469. You may want to visit www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Indiana/
Wabash County highlights: 32,872 people live there, and by government standards, there are 850 farms with an average farm size of 236 acres. Remember that the government definition of a farm includes many more farms than what most consider a commercial-sized farm. The county ranked 21st in Indiana in soybean production in 2011, and 15th in wheat production. No data was given for corn.
Newton County: 14,004 people live there, with 434 farms and an average of 439 acre per farm. That's based on 2007 census data, and makes Newton County 8th largest on farm size in Indiana. The county ranked 7th in corn production in 2011, and 35th in soybean production.
Martin County: 10,036 people live in the rural county. Average farm size is 226 acres. The county ranked 79th in corn, 83rd in soybeans and 81st in wheat in 2011.
Grant County: Marion helps swell the population to 68,787. Average farm size is 386 acres, with 524 farms. Corn data wasn't available, but Grant County ranked 12th in soybean production and 37th in wheat in 2011.
Adams County: 33,762 people lived there with average farm size of 139 acres, ranked 80th in farm size in the entire state. The county ranked 45th in corn production and 23rd in soybeans, 8th in wheat in 2011.