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The tables below offer information about Arizona 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, Arizona ranks 29th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 3,065,603 100.0% 29
Livestock products 1,437,027 46.9% 29
Crops 1,628,576 53.1% 22
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Arizona's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Arizona's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 25.1% Lettuce 19.2%
Dairy products 18.6% Cotton 6.3%
Hogs 1.3% Hay 3.6%
Sheep and lambs 0.3% Greenhouse/nursery 3.2%
    Cantaloups 2.0%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The single most important agricultural commodities produced in the State of Arizona are cattle and calves. In the livestock category, dairy products are an important second. Hogs and sheep and lambs follow.

Lettuce is the most important crop produced in Arizona. Other important crops are cotton, hay, and greenhouse and nursery crops. Cantaloups round out the top five crops produced in the state.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Cattle and calves 770,066 25.1%
2. Lettuce 589,896 19.2%
3. Dairy products 570,381 18.6%
4. Cotton 194,309 6.3%
5. Hay 111,420 3.6%
6. Greenhouse/nursery 96,738 3.2%
7. Cantaloups 59,897 2.0%
8. Broccoli 50,962 1.7%
9. Hogs 41,362 1.3%
10. Cauliflower 39,965 1.3%
11. Wheat 35,924 1.2%
12. Lemons 34,717 1.1%
13. Cabbage 26,989 0.9%
14. Pecans 25,900 0.8%
15. Watermelons 22,963 0.7%
16. Potatoes 17,885 0.6%
17. Barley 10,843 0.4%
18. Honeydews 10,813 0.4%
19. Tangerines 9,257 0.3%
20. Corn for grain 9,007 0.3%
21. Sheep and lambs 8,857 0.3%
22. Onions 7,040 0.2%
23. Apples 5,656 0.2%
Chicken eggs *    
Carrots *    
* 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

Chicken eggs and carrots are among the top 25 commodities produced in Arizona but, because specific data are not available, it is not known how they rank among the others.

The 2004 table above contains information about Arizona 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 cattle and calves produced in Arizona is 770,066. This number represents a dollar value of $770,066,000 (770,066 x 1,000): seven hundred and seventy million, sixty-six thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Arizona. For example, cattle and calves account for 25.1% of Arizona's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of cattle and calves make up a little over 1/4 of Arizona's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of cantaloups (20% of U.S. production).

Arizona 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.

Arizona farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
10,200 26,397,600 36% 2,588
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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