Bees play important role in Delaware agriculture

HARRINGTON — As a hard rain pounded the Department of Agriculture building’s roof late Monday morning Kayla Fusselman anticipated State Fair goers seeking shelter inside. The 2018 American Honey Queen was ready to start a conversation about honey and bees with anyone with a few minutes to spare. She’s passionate about bees and is spending […]

Kent ag land preservation funding OK’d

DOVER — Kent County commissioners voted unanimously last week to authorize spending $100,000 this year to preserve farmland under the Delaware Agricultural Lands Foundation program. The funds will go toward preservation easements across 15 properties and ultimately preserve 1,273 acres in the county. According to the county’s planning department, the state program will offer matching […]

Delaware’s agricultural ranking among states remains high

  DOVER — The just-released Delaware Agricultural Statistics Bulletin that covers the 2016-2017 season compares the state’s commodity output against the rest of the states in the country. “For the first time outside of the Ag Census, we have a comparison of Delaware’s production and rank for various commodities that we produce,” said the state’s […]

Pumpkin crop suffering in Delaware

DOVER — According to several top pumpkin growers in the state, yields suffered from heavy, continuous rain this growing season. For some, this meant a total “wipeout” of their crop. Rick Dickerson, of Dickerson Farms in Laurel, said nothing was left of the 40 acres of pumpkins he planted this year. By operation size, he […]