ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- The final numbers on soybean production for last year show the same trend as for corn-a good crop but not as big as in 2016. The final soybean crop numbers show state farmers produced 100 million 580 thousand bushels last fall-about 7 million fewer than the year before. Rock county had the biggest bean harvest of 5.15 million bushels and was the only county over 5 million bushels. Dane county was second with 4.48 million, followed by Grant, Dodge and Lafayette counties. The average soybean across the state was 47 bushels last year-well behind the 55 bushel average in 2016. Nine counties averaged over 50 bushels per acre with Lafayette leading the state at 56.4 bushels per acre. The Northwest district of the state had the lowest yields of just 40.9 bushels with Sawyer county having the lowest county yields at 31.8. Pierce county had the best soybean yields in this part of the state at 49.9 bushels per acre.
Final numbers for the 2017 cropping season from the National Agricultural Statistics Service also show the value of crops grown in Wisconsin in 2017 came to $3.39 billion-about 7% less than the value of crops grown in Wisconsin in 2016. The corn for grain crop values fell 12% to $1.66 billion as prices averaged $3.25 a bushel-down 3 cents from 2016. The value of the soybean crop fell 6% to $940 million as the average price fell a penny to $9.35 a bushel. But the value of production went up last year for potatoes, oats, alfalfa hay and maple syrup.
Now that Dow and Dupont are merged into one company, we have a new name to get used to. Company officials announced yesterday that the new agricultural company formed by the merger will not be known as Dupont Ag but rather as Corteva Agriscience. The name is a combination of the Latin word Cor, which means heart and the Hebrew word for nature, which is Teva. Two other companies will also be part of the new company-one being a materials science company based in Midland, Michigan, which will keep the name Dow and the company's red diamond logo. The third division will be a specialty products company that will be called DuPont and be based in Wilmington, Delaware. The new company's corporate headquarters will also be in Wilmington, Delaware with global business centers in Indianapolis and Johnston, Iowa where Dupont is based.
Ocean Spray, the world's largest farmer owned cranberry cooperative is getting bigger. Company officials have announced they are buying Atoka Cranberries of Quebec, Canada. The purchase will include Atoka's complete product line and processing facilities. Besides the new Canadian operations, Ocean Spray owns food plants in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Washington and in Chile as well as beverage facilities in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas and Nevada. The deal is expected to be done in a few weeks.
If you're in the organic food industry and want a say in the future of organic farming, the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council wants to hear from you. The Council currently has 4 openings for 3 year terms in the areas of organic farming, business, consumer issues and at large. Nominations are due by March 14th at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in Madison. Nominees will be chosen by Agriculture Secretary Sheila Harsdorf and the state Ag board with the selected nominees taking their council seats in July.