By Ted Pennekamp
Crawford County was part of record-breaking pay outs by the Federal Crop Insurance Program due to the drought conditions of 2012. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Wisconsin farmers were paid $372,295,195 for crop losses due to drought, heat and hot wind.
Crawford County’s top planted crops are:
Corn – 41,000 acres
Soybeans – 17,800 acres
Oats – 3,500 acres
Total – 63,920 acres
In 2012, the farms in Crawford County lost some of these key cash crops due to extreme weather. The total amount of Federal Crop Insurance claims money paid out to Crawford County farmers was $2,045,836 of the $17.3 billion in total crop losses nationwide. Of the crops that were lost in Crawford County, $1,989,289 can be blamed on drought, hot wind, and heat impacts.