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The tables below offer information about Missouri 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, Missouri ranks 15th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 5,818,727 100.0% 15
Livestock & livestock products 3,062,579 52.6% 15
Crops 2,756,148 47.4% 14
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Missouri's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Missouri's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 19.4% Soybeans 20.3%
Hogs 10.7% Corn for grain 13.5%
Dairy products 5.1% Cotton 3.4%
Turkeys 4.8% Wheat 2.8%
Chicken eggs 1.7% Hay 2.3%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The most valuable agricultural commodities produced by Missouri are cattles and calves. Other valuable livestock products are hogs, dairy products, and turkeys.

Soybeans are Missouri's most valuable crop followed by grain corn. Other valuable crops are cotton, wheat, and hay.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Soybeans 1,183,646 20.3%
2. Cattle and calves 1,131,621 19.4%
3. Corn for grain 787,566 13.5%
4. Hogs 623,260 10.7%
5. Dairy products 298,808 5.1%
6. Turkeys 279,930 4.8%
7. Cotton 197,986 3.4%
8. Wheat 161,491 2.8%
9. Hay 135,292 2.3%
10. Chicken eggs 101,395 1.7%
11. Greenhouse/nursery 99,572 1.7%
12. Rice 92,305 1.6%
13. Sorghum grain 31,596 0.5%
14. Potatoes 10,934 0.2%
15. Apples 7,711 0.1%
16. Aquaculture 4,655 0.1%
17. Sheep and lambs 4,610 0.1%
18. Watermelons 3,788 0.1%
19. Tobacco 3,774 0.1%
20. Peaches 3,510 0.1%
21. Grapes 2,374 Less than 0.1%
22. Honey 899 Less than 0.1%
Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) *    
Cucumbers *    
Beans, snap *    
* 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 Missouri 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 soybeans grown in Missouri is 1,183,646. This number represents a dollar value of $1,183,646,000 (1,183,646 x 1,000): one billion, one hundred and eighty-three million, six hundred and forty-six thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Missouri. For example, soybeans account for 20.3% of Missouri's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of soybeans add up to a little more than 1/5 of Missouri's total agricultural production.

Missouri 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.

Missouri farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
106,000 30,104,000 68% 284
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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