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  • Writer's pictureLawrence Lore

An Apple a Day

Harvesting Apples south of Sumner 1890

Agriculture Report for 1888

· 37,578 acres of corn yielded 30 bushes per acre.

· 26,849 acres of wheat or 4 percent less than 1887.

· 12 acres of sorghum yielding 8,610 gal of molasses.

· 248 acres of potatoes averaging 66 bushels per acre.

· Lawrence County is banner county for turnips in state.

· Lawrence County stands fourth in production of buckwheat,

with acreage of 1,250 acres yielding 20,125 bushels.

· Broom corn was raised on 110 acres yielding 27 tons worth $70 per ton.

· 2,000 bushels of timothy seed worth $1.85 bushel and 3,475 bushels of Clover seed

worth $4.50 per bushel which ranks the county 6th among Illinois counties.

· 21,478 lbs. of grapes and 1,636 gallons of wine reported.

· 27,685 bushels of apples raised.

· Cattle 4,447 worth $89,540

· Hogs, 16,319 worth $128,190,

· Sheep 8,889 with wool sheared of 65,000 lbs. worth $6,622.

· Horses 5,464.

(Ed Note: I suppose no one but John King will be interested in the above facts, but if your

ancestor farmed in Lawrence County in 1888, they weren’t raising soybeans.) Please Check out our Video

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