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The tables below offer information about New York 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, New York ranks 28th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 3,653,431 100.0% 28
Livestock & livestock products 2,302,315 63.0% 20
Crops 1,351,116 37.0% 26
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

New York's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

New York's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Dairy products 53.4% Greenhouse/nursery 10.4%
Cattle and calves 3.5% Apples 4.7%
Chicken eggs 1.6% Hay 3.3%
Ducks 0.6% Corn for grain 2.2%
Hogs 0.4% Onions 1.6%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Dairy products account for well over 1/2 of the total agricultural production of New York. Cattle and calves are a distant second, followed by chicken eggs. Ducks and hogs round out the top five.

Greenhouse and nursery products are the most important "crop" in New York followed by apples, and hay and corn for all the cows, cattle and calves. Onions are also an important crop for the state.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Dairy products 1,950,144 53.4%
2. Greenhouse/nursery 378,415 10.4%
3. Apples 172,860 4.7%
4. Cattle and calves 127,331 3.5%
5. Hay 120,252 3.3%
6. Corn for grain 79,862 2.2%
7. Chicken eggs 59,798 1.6%
8. Onions 57,770 1.6%
9. Potatoes 46,141 1.3%
10. Cabbage 43,226 1.2%
11. Soybeans 38,334 1.0%
12. Squash 37,909 1.0%
13. Grapes 30,064 0.8%
14. Beans, snap 26,956 0.7%
15. Cucumbers 24,122 0.7%
16. Tomatoes 22,860 0.6%
17. Ducks 20,900 0.6%
18. Wheat 17,902 0.5%
19. Hogs 14,992 0.4%
20. Peas, green 11,747 0.3%
21. Strawberries 10,400 0.3%
22. Dry beans 9,990 0.3%
23. Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 6,570 0.2%
24. Turkeys 5,911 0.2%
Corn, sweet *    
* 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 New York 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 New York dairy products is 1,950,144. This number represents a dollar value of $1,950,144,000 (1,950,144 x 1,000): one billion, nine hundred and fifty million, one hundred and forty-four thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in New York. For example, dairy products account for 53.4% of New York's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by dairy products adds up to well over 1/2 of New York's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of ducks (100% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks second in production of apples (10% of U.S. production).

New York 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.

New York farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
36,000 7,596,000 25% 211
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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