Final 2012 Crop Year Production Estimates Released for DE & MD

Jan 12, 2013 -- 5:31am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service has released final crop production estimates for 2012.

U.S. corn production decreased 13 percent from last year, while soybean production was down slightly due to drought conditions in the mid-west. Winter wheat seedings for 2013 increased on the national level by 1 percent.

In Maryland and Delaware both corn and soybean crops experienced volatile weather which included dry conditions and a hurricane during the growing season. Despite unpredictable weather patterns both crops produced better yields than predicted.

Delaware farmers planted 185,000 acres of corn in 2012, down 5,000 acres from 2011. Delaware farmers planted 170,000 acres of soybeans in 2012, unchanged from last year.

Maryland farmers planted 495,000 acres of corn in 2012, down 5,000 acres from 2011. Maryland farmers planted 480,000 acres of soybeans in 2012, up 10,000 acres from 2011.

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