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The tables below offer information about Nebraska 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, the top ten agricultural state of Nebraska ranks 4th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 11,779,728 100.0% 4
Livestock & livestock products 7,338,183 62.3% 3
Crops 4,441,546 37.7% 7
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Nebraska's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

Nebraska's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 52.6% Corn for grain 21.6%
Hogs 6.5% Soybeans 10.9%
Dairy products 1.4% Wheat 1.8%
Chicken eggs 1.2% Hay 0.9%
Sheep and lambs 0.1% Dry beans 0.5%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The most important agricultural commodities produced in Nebraska are cattle and calves adding up to over 1/2 (52.3%) of the total agricultural production of the state. Hogs are another important livestock product of the Cornhusker State. Dairy products, chicken eggs, and sheep and lambs are also produced.

Grain corn is the most important and valuable crop produced in Nebraska. It is worth over 1/5 of the total agricultural production of the state. Soybeans are important too. Wheat, hay, and dry beans round out the list of the five most valuable Nebraska crops.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Cattle and calves 6,196,896 52.6%
2. Corn for grain 2,543,705 21.6%
3. Soybeans 1,280,621 10.9%
4. Hogs 761,953 6.5%
5. Wheat 217,810 1.8%
6. Dairy products 168,480 1.4%
7. Chicken eggs 138,863 1.2%
8. Hay 102,187 0.9%
9. Dry beans 64,479 0.5%
10. Sorghum grain 60,519 0.5%
11. Potatoes 42,977 0.4%
12. Sugar beets 36,420 0.3%
13. Greenhouse/nursery 34,300 0.3%
14. Sheep and lambs 11,531 0.1%
15. Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 11,430 0.1%
16. Millet,proso 9,852 0.1%
17. Honey 4,857 Less than 0.1%
18. Oats 2,555 Less than 0.1%
19. Barley 427 Less than 0.1%
20. Wool 258 Less than 0.1%
21. Farm chickens 17 Less than 0.1%
Turkeys *    
Sunflower *    
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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska is 6,196,896. This number represents a dollar value of $6,196,896,000 (6,196,896 x 1,000): six billion, one hundred and ninety-six million, eight hundred and ninety-six thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Nebraska. For example, cattle and calves account for 52.6% of Nebraska's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of these cattle and calves amount to over 1/2 of Nebraska's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks third in total livestock & livestock product production.
  • Nebraska produces almost 1/3 (30.0%) of the nation's proso millet (bird seed) and ranks second among the states behind colorado.

Nebraska 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.

Nebraska farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
48,300 45,885,000 93% 950
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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