DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Delaware and Maryland farmers are expecting bumper crops of corn and soybeans this year thanks to good growing conditions.
The United States Department of Agriculture said Monday that Maryland farmers expect average field corn yields of 155 bushels per acre, up 33 bushels per acre from last year and equal to the state record from 2000. If realized, this will result in total production of 66.7 million bushels of corn on the 430,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain.
Delaware farmers expect an average of 165 bushels of corn per acre, up 30 bushels per acre from 2012 and 10 bushels higher than the record set in 2000. With 174,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain, total corn production is estimated at 28.7 million bushels.
Maryland's soybean yield is forecast at 45 bushels per acre, just below last year's record average yield of 47 bushels. If realized, a total of 20.9 million bushels of soybeans are expected to be produced in Maryland in 2013.
Delaware farmers expect soybean yields to average 40 bushels per acre, down from 42.5 bushels last year but still near the 2000 record of 43 bushels per acre. Soybeans are expected to be harvested from 158,000 acres for a total production of 6.3 million bushels.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:33:21 GMT
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