THE PRODUCTIVITY OF THE AMERICAN FARMER

That’s not corn you see when you travel around Hoober farm country. That green crop is really a beef steak, a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs or a Chick-fil-A sandwich. That is food made possible by the equipment sold at Hoober, Inc.: equipment that worked the ground, planted, fertilized, sprayed and harvested the crop.

American farmers are perhaps the MOST PRODUCTIVE people on the planet. A bold statement indeed. American farmers have been able to increase unit production by 363% for corn, 135% for soybeans, 71.8% for hay and 290% for milk.*

In many cases the machinery Hoober sells played a direct role in the increased productivity. The Steiger tractors Hoober introduced to the Mid-Atlantic in 1976 enabled farmers to go from pulling 18 foot disc harrows to pulling 30 foot disc harrows. Tractors pulled 6 row planters in 1980. Today tractors pull 16 and 24 row planters. Axial Flow combines increased productivity so much that producers can now harvest 12 or 16 rows with one combine instead of the 4 or 6 rows they harvested with one combine 30 years ago.

Farmers are always seeking ways to produce more food with the same or less labor. A larger tractor, a more accurate seeding system, a more productive combine, a precision
farming equipped sprayer all equate to more food using less units of labor. The farm machinery Hoober sells is indeed an “integral link” in the world’s food chain.

Gains In Productivity:*

Corn Bushels Per Acre
1941-1945........................................................ 33.1 bu
2011-2014.......................................................153.2 bu
Soybean Bushels Per Acre
1941-1945........................................................ 18.5 bu
2011-2014.........................................................43.5 bu
Hay Tons Per Acre
1941-1945.......................................................... 1.4 tons
2011-2014.......................................................... 2.4 tons
Milk - Annual lbs. Per Cow
1951 - 1955..................................................5,549.6 lbs
2011-2014..................................................21,654.4 lbs

Gains In Population:*

1940
Total population..........................................132,165,000
Farm population............................................30,840,000
Farmers......................................23.3% of the population
Number of farms............................................6,102,000
Average size of farms......................................175 acres
Irrigated acres..............................................17,942,968
2010
Total population..........................................306,746,000
Farm population............................................20,109,363
Farmers.............................................6.6% of population
Number of farms.............................................2,109,000
Average size of farms.......................................434 acres
Irrigated acres...............................................55,319,417