Farms and Land Use

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Item 2008 2003 1998 1990 1980 1970
Number of farms 5,840 7,094 6,473 1,126 1,331 1,923
Land in farms, acres 1/ 19,003 19,642 19,736 7,966 6,000 10,409
Average size of farm, acres 3.3 2.8 3 7.1 4.5 5.4
Approximate land area, acres 48,460 48,460 48,640 48,640 48,640 48,640
Proportion in farms, percent 39.1 40.4 40.6 16.4 12.3 21.4
Number of cropland farms 5,650 7,014 6,468 1,033 1,789 2,633
Number of cropland acres 1/ 12,971 14,289 13,375 5,687 4,678 7,571
Number of farms used for crops 5,816 7,009 6,468 1,027 1,314 1,917
Number of crop acres 11,922 12,439 11,842 5,046 4,038 5,722
Number of farms used for other purposes 665 1,155 1,161 174 475 716
Number of acres used for other purposes 1,367 1,850 1,533 641 640 1,850
Number of pastureland farms, except cropland pastured 137 74 177 136 359 303
Number of pastureland acres, except cropland pastured 70 59 476 426 307 636
Number of other land farms 2/ 3,023 5,527 5,045 600 827 797
Number of acres in other land 2/ 2,383 4,014 3,219 1,853 1,013 2,201

NOTE: 

1/ Detail may not add to total due to rounding.
2/ 1990 data includes woodland, except woodland pastured.

SOURCE:
U.S. Bureau of the Census, Censuses of Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture-NASS, 1998, 2003 and 2008 Agriculture Censuses.