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The tables below offer information about Iowa 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, Iowa ranks 3rd, among the states for total agricultural production. Iowa's total agricultural production, which ranks behind only California and Texas, is fairly evenly balanced between livestock and crop production.
Iowa's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
This table lists Iowa's top commodities in each of Iowa's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.
Though its production is not diverse, Iowa is a powerful agricultural state, ranked number three behind California and Texas in total agricultural production.
It's top crops are grain corn and soybeans while its top livestock products are hogs and cattle and calves.
Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Iowa.
The 2004 table above contains information about Iowa 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 is 4,220,252. This number represents a dollar value of $4,220,252,000 (4,220,252 x 1,000): four billion, two hundred and twenty million, two hundred and fifty-two thousand dollars.
The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Iowa. For example, grain corn accounts for 28.8% of Iowa's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of grain corn account well over 1/4 of Iowa's total agricultural production.
National ranking highlights - 2004
Iowa 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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