Farm Facts: Indiana Bicentennial
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:
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.