Farm Facts: Indiana Bicentennial

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Indiana was admitted as the 19th state on Dec. 11, 1816. At that time, according to a census of the Indiana Territory, the area had a population of 63,000 people spread over 36,291 square miles. In honor of the state’s bicentennial in 2016, here are some historical farm facts:

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David Baillie Warden, a French-Irish author, wrote this about Indiana in 1819: “On the best lands, the average produce of Indian corn is said to be from 50 to 60 bushels per acre; that of wheat about 50.” This contrasts to modern yields of 188 bushels per acre of corn and 69 bushels per acre of wheat in 2014 and 156 bushels per acre (estimated) of corn and 67 bushels per acre of wheat in 2015.

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  1. gael tryles

    December 30, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I received a sign from the Jansen Poultry Farm ,Indianapolis, Indiana,for Christmas. My son purchased it from an antique store in Waterford< Michigan. he has tried to find out as much as he could and we do know that the house is still on the property but barns and outbuildings are gone. Does anyone have photos of the old farm or have any information about it? Are there any plat maps or anything like that from the 1930's TO THE 1960'S that might show the farm and that might show photo's or information on the Jansen farm . Thank you ,in advance, for any information you might share with me.

  2. gael tryles

    December 30, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    My story is above the comment box. I hope I didn’t put my story in the wrong spot . I would like it posted so I might receive some information on The Jansen Poultry Farm

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