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Land Use Fact Sheet: Southwest District
Land Use Facts Sheets No. 12, May 2004
by Alan Turnquist, Jeremy Foltz and Carol Roth

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This fact sheet summarizes information on crops, dairy, farmland sales, and farmland values for the Southwest 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. The changes in the crop sector in this district included a slight decrease in total acres of major crops along with significant increases in acres of soybeans and decreases in forage crops. The dairy industry experienced greater losses in the Southwest District than it did in the state as a whole, with losses in milk production and cow numbers accelerating after 1999. Farmland values in the district were significantly lower than the state average. Across the district, acres of farmland converted to non-agricultural uses have remained constant since 1990, while they have significantly declined elsewhere in the state.

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