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The tables below offer information about Kansas 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, with a strong livestock industry, Kansas ranks 7th among the states for total agricultural production. Kansas one of the top ten agricultural states.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 9,502,727 100.0% 7
Livestock and products 6,420,069 67.6% 5
Crops 3,082,659 32.4% 12
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Kansas's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Kansas's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 59.4% Wheat 11.7%
Hogs 4.0% Corn for grain 8.8%
Dairy products 3.6% Soybeans 5.6%
Chicken eggs 0.2% Sorghum grain 3.4%
Sheep and lambs 0.1% Hay 1.3%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Kansas is cattle country with cattle and calves taking the position of top livestock product in the state accounting for well over 1/2 (59.4%) of Kansas' total agricultural production. Hogs and dairy products are also valuable Kansas livestock products. Wheat is Kansas' number one crop while corn and soybeans are also very important.

Well over 1/3 (38.4%) of the nation's sorghum grain is produced in Kansas.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Cattle and calves 5,643,895 59.4%
2. Wheat 1,115,680 11.7%
3. Corn for grain 831,885 8.8%
4. Soybeans 531,004 5.6%
5. Hogs 379,048 4.0%
6. Dairy products 339,570 3.6%
7. Sorghum grain 322,157 3.4%
8. Hay 121,183 1.3%
9. Greenhouse/nursery 51,272 0.5%
10. Cotton 32,781 0.3%
11. Sunflower 27,112 0.3%
12. Chicken eggs 19,401 0.2%
13. Sheep and lambs 6,677 0.1%
14. Potatoes 6,208 0.1%
15. Dry beans 4,158 Less than 0.1%
16. Pecans 3,150 Less than 0.1%
17. Oats 1,758 Less than 0.1%
18. Honey 1,378 Less than 0.1%
19. Barley 921 Less than 0.1%
20. Aquaculture 745 Less than 0.1%
21. Apples 646 Less than 0.1%
22. Wool 276 Less than 0.1%
Turkeys *    
Rye *    
Safflower *    
* 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 Kansas 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 Kansas is 5,643,895. This number represents a dollar value of $5,643,895,000 (5,643,895 x 1,000): five billion, six hundred and forty-three million, eight hundred and ninety-five thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Kansas. For example, cattle and calves account for 59.4% of Kansas's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of these cattle and calves add up to between 1/2 and 2/3 of Kansas's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of sorghum grain (39% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of wheat (15% of U.S. production).

Kansas 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.

Kansas farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
64,500 47,214,000 90% 732
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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