What Crops Are Grown in Maryland?
Crops grown in the state of Maryland include corn, soybeans, barley, winter wheat and hay. Fruits and vegetables are also grown in Maryland. Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, lettuce, peaches, plums, potatoes, melons, apples, berries, beans and pumpkins are some of the commercially grown produce in the state. Commercial cut flower growing is another area of production in Maryland.
Agriculture is the largest commercial industry in Maryland, and it is the largest single land use in the state. Most of Maryland's farmland is located in the north central part of the state and the upper Eastern Shore. Maryland grown produce can be found at farmers' markets, roadside stands, pick-your-own farms and some grocery stores. Farmers' markets are located in every county of Maryland and Baltimore City.
Cut flowers are commercially grown in Maryland in a variety of settings, including family farms, greenhouses, high tunnels and suburban landscapes. Winter wheat is a variety of wheat that is planted in the fall and harvested in the spring or summer. Hay is one of Maryland's forage crops. It provides livestock feed and is considered a conservation crop because it helps reduce soil erosion and nutrient leaching and provides weed, insect and other pest control options.