Delaware has a thriving agriculture industry. Corn is the First State’s top crop, which is grown over two-fifths of Delaware’s cultivated land. Broilers are the most valuable ag product, while apples are the leading fruit crop. Other important Delaware ag products include soybeans, wheat and dairy.
Take a look at the helpful infographic below that shows the top 10 Delaware ag products based on 2015 cash receipts, plus a fun fact about each. Feel free to share on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and contact us to reprint.
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What’s Growing in Delaware?
- Broilers – $946 million: The U.S. has the largest broiler chicken industry in the world and consumes more chicken than anyone else.
- Corn – $108 million: Field corn is different from the corn we eat. Hard and dry, it’s used to feed livestock and make ethanol.
- Soybeans – $64.5 million: Soybeans are an important ingredient in crayons. In fact, just 1 acre of soybeans can make 83,368 crayons.
- Chicken Eggs – $34.8 million: U.S. poultry farms provide about 10 percent of the world’s egg supply, or 75 billion eggs each year.
- Wheat – $19.5 million: A bushel of wheat yields 42 one-and-a-half pound loaves of white bread or 90 one-pound loaves of whole-wheat bread.
- Dairy Products – $17 million: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Sweet Corn – $13.7 million: Unlike field corn, sweet corn kernels are soft, sweet and perfect for eating right off the cob.
- Watermelon – $9.89 million: Watermelon is the most consumed melon in the United States, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
- Cattle and Calves – $8.34 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Barley – $4.42 million: Barley has the most fiber of all the whole grains. In fact, some varieties contain a whopping 30 percent fiber.