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The tables below offer information about Illinois agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.
Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
As you can see from the table below, Illinois ranks 6th among the states for total agricultural production. Though production of livestock and livestock products is average, the large grain corn and soybean crops make Illinois one of the top ten states for total agricultural production.
Illinois's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
This table lists Illinois's top commodities in each of Illinois's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.
The big crops in the Prairie State are grain corn and soybeans, which combined, make up almost 3/4 of the state's total agricultural production. Greenhouse and nursery products are somewhat valuable in the state. Hogs are the most valuable livestock product, followed by cattle and calves and dairy products.
Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Illinois.
Mushrooms, green peas, sunflower products, rye, and aquaculture, are among the top 25 commodities of Illinois but, because specific data are not available, it is not known how they rank among the others.
The 2004 table above contains information about Illinois agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.
The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).
The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of grain corn grown in Illinois is 4,121,224. This number represents a dollar value of $4,121,224,000 (4,121,224 x 1,000): four billion, one hundred and twenty-one million, two hundred and twenty-four thousand dollars.
The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Illinois. For example, corn accounts for 42.5% of Illinois' total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of corn add up to over 2/5 of Illinois's total agricultural production.
National ranking highlights - 2004
Illinois farms and farmland - 2004
Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.
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