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.LUIMLi  I 30 - CAPE GAZETrE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 Farmers opt for beans as high cost of corn crop.drives down acreage By Leah Hoenen corn than they did last year. but, because it is still early in the Cape Gazette staff Cooperative extension agent year, there may still be room to Farmers ar expected to plant Cory Whaley says Delaware farm- gain or to lose corn acres. He said fewer acres of corn this year and ers will likely follow that trend, Continued on page 32 that means prices of all kinds of commodities may be shooting up. Market prices, Midwestern weather and sky-high fuel prices are all driving down corn acreage nationwide and in Delaware. Another key factor may be the rising price ofsoybeans. Farmers will not only receive more money for soybeans - that crop is also less expensive than corn to pro- duce. Delaware - Farm Bureau President Ed Jestice says some farmers are changing their normal crop rotations because market prices favor other crops above COrn. And that is a concern for live- stock producers, especially poul- try growers, said Jestice. "Grain is the main part of growing chick- ens," said Jestice. The loultry companies pay for chicken feed, Jestice said, but poultry farmers may feel the pinch if the compa- niei economize by waiting longer between flock deliveries. Chickens are a key part of Delaware's farm economy. In 2005, 71 percent of the state's cash farm income came from broiler chickens, according to the Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. Sussex County produces more broiler chickens than any other county in the country. Early U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projections say farmers across the country may plant 8 percent fewer acres in