USDA reports falling winter wheat acreage in Del., Md.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Growers in Delaware and, to a lesser extent, Maryland significantly slashed their winter wheat acreage this year due to heavy rain that interrupted planting, the USDA said.
Delaware’s winter wheat acreage dropped 20 percent, from 75,000 in 2020 to 60,000 this year, according to the USDA’s prospective planting report released March 31. Maryland growers slashed their acreage 7 percent from 355,000 acres in 2020 to 330,000 this year.
“There was nothing out of the ordinary that could contribute to the decline except for the weather,” said Shareefah Williams, the USDA statistician for both states.
The report tracks intended plantings in 2021 as reported by farmers through a survey, but winter wheat harvested in the region this year was planted in the fall. Most of the report’s data for both states across several commodities was unremarkable, but it showed a 6-percent decrease in the intended number of planted corn acres in Delaware, from 180,000 acres in 2020 to 170,000. The state’s intended number of soybean acres rose 10 percent from 150,000 to 165,000 acres.