Beacon Tabs 2018 Down on the Farm - Page 10

10-B THE BEACON www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com APRIL 4, 2018 Farming through the decades 1940s 1950s 1960s 23.4% were farmers 18% workforce 6,102,000 farms Average size: 175 acres 1 farmer fed 10.7 people 12 hours labor for two acres corn Steady change from horses to tractors 16.6% were farmers 5,388,000 farms Average size: 216 acres 1 farmer fed 15.5 people 6.5 hours labor for 100 bushels wheat 71% farms had car 49% farms had telephone 93% farms had electricity Number of tractors exceeded horses 8.5% were farmers 3,711,000 farms Average size: 303 acres 1 farmer fed 25.8 people 5 hours labor for 100 bushels wheat Government uses food surplus to feed needy 1970s 1980s -90s 4.75% were farmers 2,780,000 farms Average size: 390 acres 1 farmer fed 47.7 people 3.75 hours labor for 100 bushels wheat 90% farms had phone 98.6% farms had electricity No tillage became popular Hog cholera eradicated 2.6% were farmers 2,143,150 farms Average size: 461 acres 1 farmer fed 100 people Information technology use increases Modern Times 2% are farmers 3,200,000 Farms Average sizes: Small: 231 Large, 1,421 Very large, 2,086 1 farmer feeds 165 people 70% of farms have internet Currently there are 1,122 farms in Coshocton County on 169,762 acres.