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The tables below offer information about Delaware agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004

As you can see from the table below, Delaware ranks 39th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 933,843 100.0% 39
Livestock and products 742,657 79.5% 39
Crops 191,185 20.5% 43
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Delaware's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

This table lists Delaware's top commodities in each of Delaware's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.

Delaware's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Broilers 73.5% Soybeans 4.8%
Dairy products 2.3% Corn for grain 4.7%
Cattle and calves 0.8% Greenhouse/nursery 3.6%
Hogs 0.3% Wheat 0.9%
    Potatoes 0.6%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The single most important agricultural commodities produced in Delaware are broilers.Broilers acount for almost 75% (73.5%) of Delaware's total agricultural production. Keeping within the livestock group, dairy products rank a distant second behind broilers. Cattle and calves and hogs are also produced in Delaware.

Soybeans, grain corn, and greenhouse and nursery products are the most important commodities within the crops group. Ranking lower and rounding out the top five are wheat and potatoes.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Delaware.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1.Broilers(9-12 week old chickens) 686,458 73.5%
2.Soybeans 45,083 4.8%
3.Corn for grain 44,292 4.7%
4.Greenhouse/nursery 33,980 3.6%
5.Dairy products 21,488 2.3%
6.Wheat 8,368 0.9%
7.Cattle and calves 7,891 0.8%
8.Potatoes 5,642 0.6%
9. Watermelons 5,586 0.6%
10.Hogs 2,954 0.3%
11. Beans, snap 2,525 0.3%
12.Hay 1,598 0.2%
13. Barley 1,560 0.2%
14. Spinach 550 0.1%
15.Strawberries 285 Less than 0.1%
16. Cantaloups 240 Less than 0.1%
17.Sorghum grain 164 Less than 0.1%
Chicken eggs *    
Corn, sweet *    
Cucumbers *    
Peas, green *    
Mushrooms *    
Tomatoes *    
Honey *    
Turkeys *    
*Commodities at the bottom of the above ranked list of commodities and having no accompanying data would have appeared within the ranked list of leading commodities, but were excluded to avoid disclosure of confidential information about individual producers.
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

A long list of commodities, that includes chicken eggs, sweet corn, cucumbers, green peas, mushrooms, tomatoes, honey, and turkeys are among the top 25 commodities produced in Delaware but, because specific data are not available, it is not known how they rank among the others.

The 2004 table above contains information about Delaware agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.

The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).

The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of broilers produced in Delaware is 686,458. This number represents a dollar value of $686,458,000 (686,458 x 1,000): six hundred and eighty-six million, four hundred and fifty-eight thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Delaware. For example, broilers account for 73.5% of Delaware's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of these broilers add up to almost 3/4 of Delaware's total agricultural production.

Delaware farms and farmland - 2004

Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.

Delaware farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
2,300 529,000 42% 230
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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