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Land Use Fact Sheet: East Central District
Land Use Facts Sheets No. 4, May 2004
by Alan Turnquist, Jeremy Foltz and Carol Roth

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This fact sheet summarizes information on crops, dairy, land sales, and land values for the East Central District in Wisconsin between 1990 and 2002. It is meant as a companion piece to more extensive data available on the Wisconsin Land Use Data CD and the PATS website. In general, cropping patterns in the East Central District have mimicked those of the state, with slight declines in total acreage of major crops. For the individual crops, there was a substantial drop in plantings of forage crops and the continued rapid growth of soybeans. The dairy industry in the East Central District is the strongest in the state. It is the only district that experienced both an overall gain in milk production between 1990 and 2002 and an increase in cow numbers between 2000 and 2002. On average, district farmland loss was equivalent to the state average, but farmland values were substantially higher. Figures vary greatly within the district, though, especially in terms of farmland values and farmland conversion rates.

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