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The tables below offer information about Washington 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, Washington ranks 14th among the states for total agricultural production. Though not a major producer of livestock, Washington ranks among the top ten in production generated in the crops category.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 5,868,196 100.0% 14
Livestock & livestock products 1,735,805 29.6% 27
Crops 4,132,391 70.4% 8
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Washington's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Washington's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Dairy products 14.6% Apples 19.5%
Cattle and calves 9.3% Wheat 8.9%
Aquaculture 1.4% Potatoes 7.7%
Chicken eggs 1.3% Greenhouse/nursery 6.6%
Broilers (9-12 week old chickens)   Hay 4.6%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Apples are the number one agricultural commodity produced in the State of Washington. Wheat and potatoes are important crops, followed by greenhouse and nursery products. Hay rounds out the tope five crops of the state.

Dairy products and cattle and calves are the big livestock products in Washington. Aquaculture (Atlantic and steelhead salmon, trout, oysters, mussels, clams) and chicken eggs are somewhat important. Broilers are ranked within the top 25 agricultural commodities of the state but, because no statistics are available, it is not known exactly where they rank among the other agricultural products of the state.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Apples 1,142,105 19.5%
2. Dairy products 857,010 14.6%
3. Cattle and calves 543,427 9.3%
4. Wheat 521,898 8.9%
5. Potatoes 453,268 7.7%
6. Greenhouse/nursery 388,931 6.6%
7. Hay 267,288 4.6%
8. Cherries 242,018 4.1%
9. Grapes 127,455 2.2%
10. Pears 126,080 2.1%
11. Onions 114,577 2.0%
12. Aquaculture 84,792 1.4%
13. Chicken eggs 77,348 1.3%
14. Hops 76,640 1.3%
15. Corn, sweet 68,474 1.2%
16. Asparagus 49,420 0.8%
17. Raspberries 46,635 0.8%
18. Mint 44,911 0.8%
19. Carrots 43,462 0.7%
20. Corn for grain 39,240 0.7%
21. Barley 32,238 0.5%
22. Bluegrass, kentucky 28,000 0.5%
23. Dry peas 24,621 0.4%
24. Lentils 17,968 0.3%
Broilers (9-12 week old 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 Washington 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 Washington State apples is 1,142,105. This number represents a dollar value of $1,142,105,000 (1,142,105 x 1,000): one billion, one hundred and forty-two million, one hundred and five thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Washington. For example, apples account for 19.5% of Washington's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of apples add up to almost 1/5 of Washington's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of apples (64% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of asparagus (27% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of cherries (48% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of hops (73% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of Kentucky bluegrass (65% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of mint (44% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of pears (43% of U.S. production).

Washington 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.

Washington farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
35,000 15,190,000 36% 434
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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