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2013 a Record Setting Year for Delaware Corn Crop

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By Jeremy Whichard

DOVER, Del.- Delaware farmers are heading into 2014 with optimism after a record setting year for the state's corn crop.

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that farmers planted 180,000 acres of corn in 2013, a 5,000-acre decrease from 2012. However, the USDA said a record high of 166 bushels per acre was recorded in 2013, up 31 bushels from 2012. Another record of 28.9 million bushels was produced, which is a 20 percent increase from 2012. Silage production was unchanged at 85,000 tons.

Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee shared his thoughts about the record-setting year, saying,  "Delaware's corn harvest for 2013 proved to be outstanding, thanks to the summer rains and good crop management by our farmers. The year's yields, at 166 bushels per acre, broke the record set in 2000, and were up 20 percent from 2012."

Soybean production was down 5,000 acres from 2012, according to the USDA, which said that 163,000 acres were harvested, yielding an average of 40 bushels per acre. Total production of soybeans was estimated at 6.5 million bushels.

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