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:"a : .P1 GAZE'FrE, Friday, May S0 - June 5, 008 Ag department posts crop production estimates The Delaware Department of Agriculture has released its 2003 production information for wheat, poultry, meat and milk. Delaware wheat production is forecast at 3.1 million bushels for 2003, down 25 percent from last year and would be the state's smallest crop sihce 1990. Accord- ing to a report released from the Delaware Agricultural Statistics Service recently, acres for harvest, at 47,000 acres, is down 19 per- cent in part because planting was prevented last fall due to wet fields. This f'wst forecast of yield - based on conditions around May 1 - at 65 bushels per acre, is 5 bushels lower than last year. At the beginning of May winter wheat condition was 11 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Just 5 percent of the state's acreage was headed, 21 points lower nor- mal. Forty-eight percent of the state's acreage was headed a year ago, 22 points ahead of normal. For the U.S., winter wheat pro- duction is forecast at 1.56 billion State issues weekly crop report Delaware farmers received more rain last week, especially over the weekend. So far this month, Kent County has received the most rain with 4.3 inches, fol- lowed by Sussex County, with 4.0 inches and New Castle County with 2.5 inches. There were 2.0 days suitable for field work for the week ending May 25. Soil temperatures averaged 61 degrees and air temperatures ranged from 51 to 74 degrees. Progress was made for corn, soybeans, hay and vegetables. Corn planted is over 85 percent and 69 percent is already emerged. A small amount of green peas have been harvested and hay cut- tings are approximately isne to two weeks behind due to the wet weather. Early bird garden tour is May 31 in Wilmington Rise and shine with Lenny Wil- son for an early morning look at the Delaware Center for Heft|cul- ture's (DCH) gardens from 8 to 9 a.m., Saturday, May 31. The tour focuses on the seasonal highlights of various trees, shrubs and perennials and the many recy- cled materials used throughout the garden, while the history of the grounds is woven into the mix. The cost is $5 for DCH mem- bers and $9 for all others. Call 302-658-6262 to register or for more information. bushels, up 37 percent from last year. Grain area totals 36.4 mil- lion acres, up 23 percent from 2002. Delaware growers produced 257.4 million broiler/roaster chickens in 2002, virtually un- changed from 2001. Pounds live weight increased over 3 percent to 1.54 billion pounds. The total val- ue was $494.2 million, down 17 percent from 2001 due to sharply lower prices during the year. Delaware ranks ninth in number of birds produced (although Sus- sex County remains the number one producing county in the U.S.), and seventh in pounds produced and value of production. For the U.S., production of birds was up 2 percent, to 8.59 bil- lion, live weight was up 4 percent to 44.1 billion pounds, and value decreased 20 percent, to $13.4 bil- lion. Delaware beef production was 6.8 million pounds in 2002, down 8 percent from 2001, while cash receipts also decreased 8 percent, to $6.1 million -- due to lower marketings and lower cattle and calf prices. Pork production was 6.0 million pounds, down 27 per- cent, and cash receipts declined 35 percent, due to significantly lower production and prices dur- ing the year. U.S. beef production was 55.9 billion pounds in 2002, up 1 percent, while cash receipts were $38.0 billion, down 6 per- cent due to lower prices. U.S. pork production increased 2 per- cent, to 27.3 billion pounds, while cash receipts decreased 23 per- cent, to $9.6 billion, due to signif- icantly lower prices. Delaware milk production and herd size increased in 2002. Aver- age herd size for the year in- creased 3 percent to 9,300 head. Pounds of milk per cow decreased to 16,559 pounds, due in part to the number of days when the tem- perature was above 90 degrees. The herd size increase more than offset the decline in milk per cow to bring total milk production up nearly 3 percent to 154 million pounds. Cash receipts decreased 15 percent to $20.3 million, due to a $2.80 per hundredweight fall in average milk prices for the year. U.S. milk production increased 3 percent in 2002 to 170 billion pounds, rate per cow increased 412 pounds to 18,571, and aver- age number of cows milked dur- ing the year was 9.14 million head, 27,000 more than in 2001. Cash receipts for U.S. milk pro- duction were $20.5 billion, 17 percent below 2001. The Sussex County flag license tag comes with stainless steel screws for easy mount- Cape Gazette Salutes On the eve of the nation's 1976 bicentennial, Bill Scott, of Selbyville and Lewes, set out to create a flag for Sussex County, Delaware. The bound- aries of the state's largest county as they exist today were finally established just a year before the thirteen colonies of England declared their inde- pendence in 1776. Through the following 200 years, Sussex County had no flag nor any real need for one. The design created by Scott includes elements related to the county's earliest European settlers: the Dutch who landed and established a community in the area of Lewes in the early and mid-1600s, and the English who later, under William Penn's guidance, con- firmed that Delaware's south- ernmost county should be known as Sussex. Scott wrote the following background history for his design: "The flag of the Netherlands since 1630 has been equally divided horizontal stripes of red, white and blue. The flag for the county has adapted this pattern but instead of equal distance the proportions of the colors are 1/4 red (on top), 1/2 white, and 1/4 blue. The sheaf of wheat comes from the fact that when Sussex County was under the jurisdiction of William Penn, he decreed that the Sussex County seal should be identi- fied by the sheaf of wheat, Kent County by ears of corn, etc. Since flag design should be as simple as possible, the sheaf of wheat is superimposed on the horizontal Dutch colors, there- by making a colorful and easily recognizable flag." Scott's design was present- ed to Sussex County officials on Return Day in 1974. The Cape Gazette recently ran with Scott's design idea and has created a new license tag for the front of Delaware vehicles. The newspaper joined forces with Lewes' award-winning artist Connie' Costigan and commissioned a new version of Scott's design with a little artistic license. Using a representation from a stained glass window in Groome Methodist Church in Lewes as her guide, Costigan drew a shock of stalks bending under the weight of mature wheat grains. Costigan's shock was then superimposed on the Dutch colors to create the lat- est edition of the Sussex flag. This new version arrives at a time when Sussex County is focusing on the need to pre- serve its valuable farmland. The tag punctuates the histori- cal and contemporary impor- tance of agriculture to the Sussex community. The new Sussex County flag license tag is available free to new Cape Gazette subscribers or for the nominal fee of $3 for current subscribers. The tags are also available to nonsub- scribers at a cost of $10. 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