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The tables below offer information about South Dakota 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, South Dakota ranks 19th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 4,877,484 100.0% 19
Livestock & livestock products 2,422,184 49.7% 19
Crops 2,455,300 50.3% 17
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

South Dakota's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

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

South Dakota's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 33.6% Corn for grain 19.5%
Hogs 7.6% Soybeans 16.8%
Dairy products 4.5% Wheat 8.8%
Turkeys 1.2% Hay 2.4%
Chicken eggs 0.8% Sunflower 1.3%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Cattle and calves are South Dakota's most importand agricultural product and account for a little over 1/3 of the total agricultural production of the state. Hogs and dairy products are also somewhat important as are, to a lesser degree, turkeys and chicken eggs.

Grain corn is South Dakota's number one crop with soybeans right behind. Wheat is important. Hay and sunflower products round out the state's top five "crop" commodities.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

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

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Cattle and calves 1,639,061 33.6%
2. Corn for grain 949,749 19.5%
3. Soybeans 820,587 16.8%
4. Wheat 426,961 8.8%
5. Hogs 371,000 7.6%
6. Dairy products 220,440 4.5%
7. Hay 117,311 2.4%
8. Sunflower 65,494 1.3%
9. Turkeys 57,285 1.2%
10. Chicken eggs 40,197 0.8%
11. Sheep and lambs 32,646 0.7%
12. Honey 23,930 0.5%
13. Greenhouse/nursery 22,609 0.5%
14. Sorghum grain 12,996 0.3%
15. Oats 8,703 0.2%
16. Millet,proso 8,415 0.2%
17. Barley 5,921 0.1%
18. Wool 1,879 Less than 0.1%
19. Dry beans 1,580 Less than 0.1%
20. Rye 1,502 Less than 0.1%
21. Potatoes 1,012 Less than 0.1%
22. Farm chickens 2 Less than 0.1%
Flaxseed *    
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 South Dakota 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 South Dakota cattle and calves is 1,639,061. This number represents a dollar value of $1,639,061,000 (1,639,061 x 1,000): one billion, six hundred and thirty-nine million, sixty-one thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in South Dakota. For example, cattle and calves account for 33.6% of South Dakota's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by cattle and calves add up to a little over 1/3 of South Dakota's total agricultural production.

South Dakota 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.

South Dakota farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
31,600 43,797,600 90% 1,386
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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