Corn Harvest Up

December 05, 1990

Following trends statewide, county farmers harvested 1.6 million more bushels of corn last year than in 1988, according to the 1989 Maryland Agricultural Statistics report.

While the harvested acres decreased from 34,800 in 1988 to 34,600 in 1989, 117 bushels per acre were gathered for a total of 4 million bushels, the state statistics office said.

Only 69 bushels per acre were harvested in 1988.

Soybean production also increased in the county, with the number of acres harvested going up from 11,100 to 14,600 in 1989. Bushels per acre decreased from 35 to 33, but the increase in acres planted brought the total up to 482,000 bushels.

Statewide, a record 16.5 million bushels of soybeans were harvested.

Carroll farmers did experience a decrease in wheat production, however.

Although 10,400 acres of grain were harvested -- as compared with 10,000 in 1988 -- only 40 bushels per acre were gathered, with a total production of 416,000 bushels.

In 1988, farmers produced 54 bushels per acre and a total of 540,000 bushels.

Across the state, the total agricultural income totaled $402.6 million, the report notes, adding that the income from broilers set a record at $448.9 million.

But tobacco production in 1989 was the smallest since 1866, at 8.1 million pounds, according to the report.

The report is published annually by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S.

Department of Agriculture.

It includes data on crop production, livestock and poultry numbers, production, prices and income of the agriculture industry.

Statistics on Maryland's aquaculture industry were included for the first time.

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