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USDA releases 2012 Census of Agriculture
By Joe Irizarry

Updated Friday, May 2, 2014 - 2:22pm

Delaware is first in the nation in the value of agricultural products sold per acre according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture.

The First State finished ahead of California in the market value of agricultural products sold per acre at $2,505 compared to California at $1,667.

Delaware was second to California in the value of agricultural products sold per farm at $519,794 to California's $547,510.

Sussex County does remain the number one broiler chicken-producing county in the nation, with 174 million birds produced in 2012, while the state retained its spot as the state with the largest amount of lima bean acres harvested.

The Census shows that agriculture remains Delaware's largest single land use, with 41 percent of the state's land used for farming, including 46 percent of Kent County and 45 percent in Sussex County. New Castle County only uses 24 percent.

Irrigation use was up 22 percent, to 127,272 acres versus 104,562 in 2007. All three counties saw increases in irrigated acreage.

This is all according to data released in the 2012 Census of Agriculture.

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