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The tables below offer information about North Dakota 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, North Dakota ranks 25th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 4,090,864 100.0% 25
Livestock & livestock products 938,281 22.9% 37
Crops 3,152,582 77.1% 11
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

North Dakota's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

This table lists North Dakota's top commodities in each of North Dakota's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.

North Dakota's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 18.1% Wheat 26.3%
Dairy products 2.1% Soybeans 13.1%
Hogs 1.0% Corn for grain 6.6%
Honey 0.8% Sugar beets 5.9%
Turkeys 0.3% Barley 5.4%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Over 3/4 of North Dakota's total agricultural production is in crops, with Wheat production over 1/4 of the total. Soybeans are very important for the state. Corn for grain, sugar beets, and barley contribute significantly to North Dakota's crop production.

North Dakota's most important livestock products are cattle and calves. Dairy products and hogs are also important in the state while honey and turkeys are less so.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of North Dakota.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Wheat 1,075,122 26.3%
2. Cattle and calves 738,975 18.1%
3. Soybeans 536,619 13.1%
4. Corn for grain 269,265 6.6%
5. Sugar beets 240,853 5.9%
6. Barley 220,470 5.4%
7. Dry beans 156,741 3.8%
8. Sunflower 145,415 3.6%
9. Canola 143,403 3.5%
10. Potatoes 126,652 3.1%
11. Dairy products 83,945 2.1%
12. Flaxseed 72,427 1.8%
13. Hay 67,312 1.6%
14. Hogs 42,112 1.0%
15. Dry peas 37,747 0.9%
16. Honey 31,941 0.8%
17. Lentils 19,062 0.5%
18. Turkeys 10,560 0.3%
19. Greenhouse/nursery 10,115 0.2%
20. Oats 9,255 0.2%
21. Sheep and lambs 7,249 0.2%
22. Rye 1,303 < 0.1%
23. Wool 559 < 0.1%
Safflower *    
Chicken eggs *    
Farm chickens *    
* Commodities at the bottom of the above ranked list of commodities and having no accompanying data would have appeared within the ranked list of leading commodities, but were excluded to avoid disclosure of confidential information about individual producers.
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The 2004 table above contains information about North Dakota 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 Wheat grown in North Dakota is 1,075,122. This number represents a dollar value of $1,075,122,000 (1,075,122 x 1,000): one billion, seventy-five million, one hundred and twenty-two thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in North Dakota. For example, wheat produced in North Dakota is worth 26.3% of North Dakota's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the wheat add up to a little over 1/4 of North Dakota's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of flaxseed (97% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of canola (91% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of dry peas (45% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of barley (33% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of dry beans (32% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of lentils (30% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of oats (11% of U.S. production).

North Dakota 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.

North Dakota farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
30,300 39,390,000 89% 1,300
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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