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General Background Information

Part VI. General Background Information

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Average sizes (in terms of acres) of growers’ farm/wheat operations.
Average across all growers
Acres currently farmed 3,145 acres
Acres of winter wheat (2005) 1,183 acres
Acres of spring wheat (2005) 280 acres

Growers’ perceptions of the importance of various information sources on their decision-making about issues related to growing wheat.
Extremely important
(%)
Mostly important
(%)
Slightly important
(%)
Not
important
(%)
Agricultural input supplier consultations 36.4 46.0 13.2 4.3
WSU research program field days 33.5 39.6 20.4 6.5
Spouse or business partner 31.4 29.6 20.4 18.6
Washington Association of Wheat Growers mailings 24.9 45.7 25.4 4.0
WSU Extension agent or scientist 21.8 43.0 28.4 6.8
WSU Extension bulletin 20.8 48.6 25.4 5.2
Washington Association of Wheat Growers meetings 12.8 27.2 42.5 17.5
Relatives 11.2 27.0 30.3 31.5
Agricultural input supplier magazines 10.5 34.2 42.7 12.7
Neighbors 10.1 35.6 36.6 17.8
Farm Bureau mailings 6.3 19.0 27.4 47.2
Farm Bureau meetings 2.5 11.0 32.7 53.8

Total number of field days attended during 2001 – 2005 (average across all growers).
Average across all growers
Number of field days attended 3.0 field days

Percentage of growers with different types of farm business organizations.
Percentage of growers
(%)
Family corporation 43.7
Single family or individual operation 29.1
Family partnership 22.1
Cooperative, estate, or trust 1.4
Non-family partnership 1.0
Non-family corporation 0.8
Other 2.0

Percentage of work supplied by different individuals on growers’ farms.

Pie chart showing growers' responses when asked about the percentage of work supplied by different individuals on their farms.

Percentage of income from off-farm employment (average across all growers).
Average across all growers
(%)
Percentage of income from off-farm employment 22.0

Estimated cost of production per acre in 2005 (including costs of seed, fuel, fertilizer, pest and weed control, equipment, taxes, labor, etc.).
Average across all growers
Estimated cost of production per acre $152

Percentage of growers who reported the following total farm receipts for their farm businesses in 2005.
Percentage of growers
(%)
Less than $2,500 in total farm receipts 0.2
$2,500 to $24,999 in total farm receipts 4.4
$25,000 to $49,999 in total farm receipts 4.0
$50,000 to $99,999 in total farm receipts 7.7
$100,000 to $249,999 in total farm receipts 35.9
$250,000 to $499,999 in total farm receipts 30.5
$500,000 or more in total farm receipts 17.3

Percentage of growers who reported the following percentage ranges for their total household income derived from the farm operation.
Percentage of growers
(%)
0 – 24% of household income from farming 14.4
25 – 49% of household income from farming 13.4
50 – 74% of household income from farming 19.6
75 – 100% of household income from farming 52.7

Highest level of education completed by growers who responded to survey.
Percentage of growers
(%)
Less than high school degree 1.4
High school degree 8.5
Some college 25.8
Vocational degree 10.0
College degree 40.6
Some postgraduate work 5.9
Postgraduate degree 7.9

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