|A Rural Survey of Morgan County, Missouri (1916)||<Previous|
Reports of yields of some of the principal crops for the year 1914, made by the pupils in the public schools, are interesting as sources of comparison with the official crop figures for the same year. The student report shows an average yield of 20 bushels of corn, 20½ bushels of wheat, 25½ bushels of oats, 1.7 tons of hay per acre for the year 1914. The official figures [p.34] for the same year are as follows: Corn, 22 bushels; wheat, 19 bushels; oats, 18 bushels; hay, 1.5 tons. The comparatively small differences are due, we believe, in part to the fact that the school survey on this question includes reports from only about two-thirds of the farms in the county. There is reason for believing that the estimates as made by the students, and in practically every case assisted by their parents, are unusually accurate and are valuable as sources of information.
Acreage and yields of the principal crops grown in Morgan county during the year 1914 are reported as follows by the State Board of Agriculture:
Wheat, 21,310 acres; average yield per acre, 14 bushels; total yield per county, 292,373 bushels.
Oats, 6,510 acres; average yield per acre, 25 bushels; total yield per county, 162,750 bushels.
Corn, 42,038 acres; average yield per acre, 34 bushels; total yield per county, 1,303,178 bushels.
Tame hay, 20,014 acres; total yield per county, 26,018 tons.
Acreage and yields for the ten-year period, 1905 to 1914, inclusive, are reported as follows:
Corn, 39,842 acres; average yield per acre, 27.7 bushels; yield per county, 1,090,599 bushels.
Wheat, 14,421 acres; average yield per acre, 14 bushels; yield per county, 208,457 bushels.
Oats, 4,720 acres; average yield per acre, 22 bushels; yield per county, 102,864 bushels.
Tame hay and forage, 19,837 acres; county yield, 21,046 tons.
Missouri State Board of Agriculture Monthly Bulletin Vol. XIV, No. 2 (February, 1916): A Rural Survey of Morgan County Missouri. Digital version © 2001 Peter Binkley; permission to reproduce for non-commercial purposes is granted.