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The tables below offer information about Michigan 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, Michigan ranks 22nd among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 4,312,320 100.0% 22
Livestock and products 1,745,883 40.5% 26
Crops 2,566,438 59.5% 16
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Michigan's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Michigan's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Dairy products 23.7% Greenhouse/nursery 14.1%
Cattle and calves 6.1% Corn for grain 10.6%
Hogs 5.4% Soybeans 9.8%
Chicken eggs 2.2% Wheat 3.0%
Turkeys 1.6% Sugar beets 2.9%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Almost 1/3 (32.7%) of the nation's blueberries are produced in Michigan.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Dairy products 1,020,380 23.7%
2. Greenhouse/nursery 609,209 14.1%
3. Corn for grain 458,050 10.6%
4. Soybeans 422,684 9.8%
5. Cattle and calves 262,757 6.1%
6. Hogs 234,992 5.4%
7. Wheat 127,506 3.0%
8. Sugar beets 124,780 2.9%
9. Blueberries 97,210 2.3%
10. Apples 95,160 2.2%
11. Chicken eggs 94,256 2.2%
12. Potatoes 87,186 2.0%
13. Turkeys 69,560 1.6%
14. Cherries 66,172 1.5%
15. Cucumbers 65,537 1.5%
16. Hay 56,726 1.3%
17. Dry beans 54,814 1.3%
18. Tomatoes 34,997 0.8%
19. Celery 18,819 0.4%
20. Grapes 18,740 0.4%
21. Asparagus 18,708 0.4%
22. Beans, snap 18,660 0.4%
23. Carrots 17,899 0.4%
24. Squash 16,240 0.4%
Mushrooms *    
* 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 Michigan 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 dairy products produced in Michigan is 1,020,380. This number represents a dollar value of $1,020,380,000 (1,020,380 x 1,000): one billion, twenty million, three hundred and eighty thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Michigan. For example, dairy products account for 23.7% of Michigan's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by dairy products add up to a little over 1/5 of Michigan's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of blueberries (33% of U.S. production).

Michigan 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.

Michigan farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
53,200 10,108,000 28% 190
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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