Consolidating acreage

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Altogether, ERS researchers examined the midpoints for 55 crops—the five major field crops discussed above plus 10 additional field crops, 20 fruit/nut/berry crops, and 20 vegetable/melon crops. Consolidation in crop production was widespread over 1987-2012, with 53 of 55 crops showing increases in acreage midpoints.Consolidation was also substantial, with 40 of the 55 crops at least doubling midpoint values.

Altogether, ERS researchers examined the midpoints for 55 crops—the five major field crops discussed above plus 10 additional field crops, 20 fruit/nut/berry crops, and 20 vegetable/melon crops. Consolidation in crop production was widespread over 1987-2012, with 53 of 55 crops showing increases in acreage midpoints.Consolidation was also substantial, with 40 of the 55 crops at least doubling midpoint values.New technology has allowed a single farmer or farm household to farm more land, contributing to consolidation.

Consolidating acreage

During that same time period, the number of very large farms — 2,000 acres or more — grew from 1.7 percent of all farms to 2.2 percent.Farms were industrializing, consolidating — and midsize farms (of the Old-Mac Donald, Farmer-in-the-Dell sort) would be the losers.But here’s the weird thing: The OTA’s prediction didn’t come true. These numbers don’t represent a failure of the OTA’s predictive powers, but rather a great example of how the ways we measure things can stop being effective.Between 19, the midpoints for cropland and harvested cropland roughly doubled—from 650 and 488 acres, respectively—to about 1,200 acres for both. For example, between 19, the midpoint for harvested acreage more than doubled for five major field crops: corn, cotton, rice, soybeans, and wheat.Their midpoints also increased in each 5-year period between Censuses of Agriculture, except for cotton between 20.If approved, the consolidation plat effectively marks the new legal boundary for the consolidated piece of land.One of the benefits of doing a consolidation plat is that in many cases the survey will uncover and correct errors in older plat maps.Since the 1980s, the number of very large crop farms with at least 2,000 acres of cropland has nearly doubled while midsize farms (100 to 999 acres of cropland) fell by nearly half as U. Very large crop farms increased their share of total cropland from 15 percent in 1987 to 36 percent in 2012.Most of this increase came from midsize crop farms, which decreased from 57 percent of total cropland in 1987 to 36 percent in 2012.That figure has remained more or less flat through all the upheaval.That’s because the number of very small farms has been growing: In 1982, there were about 637,000 farms of 49 acres or less.

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