Green peas being planted now will be harvested in June

March 16, 2021

This photo from June of 1925 shows wagons heaped with green pea vines heading to hulling machinery in a Frederica processing facility. Once a major early crop for Delaware farmers, with planting starting in late February and early March, national statistics from recent years show a trend away from green pea agriculture on American farms and in American diets.

In 1985, Delaware farmers planted and harvested 12,400 acres of green peas for a total value of $6,149,000. By 2010, those numbers had declined to 3,900 acres planted and a harvest value estimated at $1,966,000. 

Meanwhile, the statistics show - in the vegetable category - a swing nationally and in Delaware toward more sweet potato production.

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