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Approximately 350,000 people are employed in some aspect of agriculture, making it the largest commercial industry in Maryland. Agriculture also remains the largest single land use in the State, with 2.05 million acres, or roughly 32 percent of total land area used for farming in 2008. The majority of Maryland's farmland is located in the north central part of the State and the upper Eastern Shore. In 2008, some 12,850 Maryland farms averaged 160 acres each.
In 2008, corn for grain averaged 121 bushels per acre. From 400,000 acres, 48.4 million bushels of corn were harvested. The soybean yield, in 2008, averaged 30 bushels per acre, with a total production of 14.5 million bushels. Winter wheat increased to 73 bushels per acre, with 13.1 million bushels harvested. Barley increased to 90 bushels per acre, totalling 3.1 million bushels.