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Most valuable agricultural products from every state

Most of us are familiar with the U.S. Census of Population and Housing, the national count that helps update legislative districts and designate federal funding. But there are other censuses equally as important. Did you know the U.S. government also creates a census of agricultural commodities produced in all 50 states? Since soybeans and cattle cannot fill out forms, the survey is filled out by farmers and ranchers producing any crop or livestock expected to earn at least $1,000 annually. This agriculture census provides a glimpse at the total value of agricultural products sold (the sum of all agricultural commodities sold), top agricultural commodities sold (total amount sold of crops, aquaculture, and animals grouped by type), and the most valuable crops produced (the total amount of each crop produced, not necessarily sold).

Stacker presents this list of states in alphabetical order, with each entry’s national ranking. We used data from the 2017 state agricultural overview reports, commodity values from 2012, and crop values from survey data updated as of Jan. 3, 2019. See how your state ranks as an agricultural powerhouse, and which products are providing the biggest boost to your local economy.

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Alabama

Total value of agricultural products sold: $5.6 billion (#25 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($3.6 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($435.5 million), Cattle and calves ($429.3 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Cotton ($265.9 million), Hay & Haylage ($208.6 million), Corn ($157.0 million)

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Alaska

Total value of agricultural products sold: $58.9 million (#50 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Aquaculture ($29.8 million), Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod ($13.0 million), Cattle and calves ($1.1 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay ($9.0 million), Potatoes ($2.7 million), Barley ($1.3 million)

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Arizona

Total value of agricultural products sold: $3.7 billion (#32 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($764.1 million), Milk from cows ($763.0 million), Cattle and calves ($700.3 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Lettuce ($566.8 million), Hay & Haylage ($423.2 million), Spinach ($119.4 million)

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Arkansas

Total value of agricultural products sold: $9.8 billion (#14 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($4.2 billion), Poultry and eggs ($4.0 billion), Cattle and calves ($766.5 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Soybeans ($1.7 billion), Rice ($950.4 million), Corn ($381.1 million)

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California

Total value of agricultural products sold: $42.6 billion (#1 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Fruit, tree nuts, and berries ($17.6 billion), Milk from cows ($6.9 billion), Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($6.3 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Grapes ($5.8 billion), Almonds ($5.6 billion), Strawberries ($3.1 billion)

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Colorado

Total value of agricultural products sold: $7.8 billion (#20 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Cattle and calves ($4.3 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($1.5 billion), Milk from cows ($559.4 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay ($701.1 million), Corn ($622.8 million), Wheat ($328.5 million)

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Connecticut

Total value of agricultural products sold: $550.6 million (#46 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod ($252.9 million), Milk from cows ($69.8 million), Poultry and eggs ($48.9 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Apples ($19.9 million), Hay ($15.7 million), Maple Syrup ($1.2 million)

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Delaware

Total value of agricultural products sold: $1.3 billion (#39 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($811.3 million), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($345.3 million), Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($61.0 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($127.7 million), Soybeans ($74.1 million), Wheat ($22.9 million)

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Florida

Total value of agricultural products sold: $7.7 billion (#21 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Fruit, tree nuts, and berries ($1.8 billion), Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod ($1.7 billion), Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($1.3 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Oranges ($1.0 billion), Strawberries ($336.9 million), Tomatoes ($262.0 million)

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Georgia

Total value of agricultural products sold: $9.3 billion (#15 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($4.8 billion), Cotton and cottonseed ($1.0 billion), Other crops and hay ($1.0 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Cotton ($794.9 million), Peanuts ($780.5 million), Pecans ($256.8 million)

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Hawaii

Total value of agricultural products sold: $661.3 million (#45 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($152.9 million), Fruit, tree nuts, and berries ($151.8 million), Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod ($79.9 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Macadamias ($53.9 million), Coffee ($43.8 million), Papayas ($9.4 million)

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Idaho

Total value of agricultural products sold: $7.8 billion (#19 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Milk from cows ($2.3 billion), Cattle and calves ($1.8 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($1.4 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Potatoes ($975.0 million), Hay & Haylage ($787.7 million), Wheat ($415.7 million)

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Illinois Farm Bureau // Wikimedia Commons

Illinois

Total value of agricultural products sold: $17.2 billion (#7 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($13.6 billion), Hogs and pigs ($1.5 billion), Cattle and calves ($984.5 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($7.4 billion), Soybeans ($5.9 billion), Hay & Haylage ($219.8 million)

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Indiana

Total value of agricultural products sold: $11.2 billion (#10 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($7.2 billion), Hogs and pigs ($1.3 billion), Poultry and eggs ($1.2 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($3.2 billion), Soybeans ($3.1 billion), Hay & Haylage ($259.5 million)

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Iowa

Total value of agricultural products sold: $30.8 billion (#2 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($17.1 billion), Hogs and pigs ($6.8 billion), Cattle and calves ($4.5 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($8.5 billion), Soybeans ($5.2 billion), Hay & Haylage ($393.1 million)

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Kansas

Total value of agricultural products sold: $18.5 billion (#6 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Cattle and calves ($10.2 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($6.5 billion), Hogs and pigs ($697.0 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($2.2 billion), Soybeans ($1.7 billion), Wheat ($1.3 billion)

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Kentucky

Total value of agricultural products sold: $5.1 billion (#27 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($1.7 billion), Poultry and eggs ($1.1 billion), Cattle and calves ($1.0 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Soybeans ($992.2 million), Corn ($770.9 million), Hay ($615.3 million)

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Louisiana

Total value of agricultural products sold: $3.8 billion (#30 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($1.8 billion), Other crops and hay ($635.3 million), Poultry and eggs ($574.2 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Soybeans ($654.8 million), Corn ($333.6 million), Rice ($312.7 million)

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Maine

Total value of agricultural products sold: $763.1 million (#44 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($207.3 million), Milk from cows ($126.6 million), Fruit, tree nuts, and berries ($114.7 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Potatoes ($155.0 million), Hay ($38.5 million), Maple Syrup ($23.9 million)

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Maryland

Total value of agricultural products sold: $2.3 billion (#36 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($923.0 million), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($716.3 million), Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod ($204.8 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($281.7 million), Soybeans ($232.3 million), Hay ($78.3 million)

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Massachusetts

Total value of agricultural products sold: $492.2 million (#47 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod ($144.2 million), Fruit, tree nuts, and berries ($125.6 million), Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($81.2 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Cranberries ($59.7 million), Hay & Haylage ($24.4 million), Apples ($14.6 million)

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Michigan

Total value of agricultural products sold: $8.7 billion (#18 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($3.6 billion), Milk from cows ($1.5 billion), Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod ($727.8 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($1.0 billion), Soybeans ($897.2 million), Hay & Haylage ($441.3 million)

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Minnesota

Total value of agricultural products sold: $21.3 billion (#5 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($12.3 billion), Hogs and pigs ($2.8 billion), Milk from cows ($1.6 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($4.5 billion), Soybeans ($3.5 billion), Hay & Haylage ($444.0 million)

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Mississippi

Total value of agricultural products sold: $6.4 billion (#24 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($2.7 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($2.3 billion), Cotton and cottonseed ($367.8 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Soybeans ($1.1 billion), Cotton ($465.0 million), Corn ($344.9 million)

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Missouri

Total value of agricultural products sold: $9.2 billion (#16 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($3.9 billion), Cattle and calves ($2.0 billion), Poultry and eggs ($1.4 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Soybeans ($2.7 billion), Corn ($1.8 billion), Hay & Haylage ($577.8 million)

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Montana

Total value of agricultural products sold: $4.2 billion (#29 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($1.8 billion), Cattle and calves ($1.8 billion), Other crops and hay ($403.3 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay ($686.9 million), Wheat ($674.2 million), Barley ($125.3 million)

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Nebraska

Total value of agricultural products sold: $23.1 billion (#4 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($10.7 billion), Cattle and calves ($10.1 billion), Hogs and pigs ($1.1 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($5.6 billion), Soybeans ($3.0 billion), Hay & Haylage ($531.1 million)

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Nevada

Total value of agricultural products sold: $764.1 million (#43 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Other crops and hay ($280.6 million), Cattle and calves ($241.6 million), Milk from cows ($125.6 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay ($195.4 million), Wheat ($4.9 million), Corn (n/a)

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New Hampshire

Total value of agricultural products sold: $190.9 million (#48 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Milk from cows ($54.8 million), Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod ($49.9 million), Poultry and eggs ($13.5 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay ($9.5 million), Maple Syrup ($6.7 million), Corn (n/a)

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New Jersey

Total value of agricultural products sold: $1.0 billion (#40 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod ($405.2 million), Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($191.7 million), Fruit, tree nuts, and berries ($145.4 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Blueberries ($83.8 million), Peaches ($44.0 million), Corn ($43.8 million)

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New Mexico

Total value of agricultural products sold: $2.6 billion (#35 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Milk from cows ($1.3 billion), Cattle and calves ($630.8 million), Other crops and hay ($206.1 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Pecans ($220.8 million), Hay & Haylage ($200.2 million), Peppers ($44.6 million)

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New York

Total value of agricultural products sold: $5.4 billion (#26 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Milk from cows ($2.4 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($855.9 million), Cattle and calves ($449.5 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay & Haylage ($919.3 million), Apples ($343.1 million), Corn ($300.6 million)

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North Carolina

Total value of agricultural products sold: $12.6 billion (#8 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($4.8 billion), Hogs and pigs ($2.9 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($1.8 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Tobacco ($723.6 million), Soybeans ($638.8 million), Corn ($501.0 million)

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North Dakota

Total value of agricultural products sold: $11.0 billion (#11 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($8.8 billion), Cattle and calves ($1.1 billion), Other crops and hay ($592.4 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Soybeans ($2.1 billion), Wheat ($1.4 billion), Corn ($1.3 billion)

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Ohio

Total value of agricultural products sold: $10.1 billion (#13 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($5.8 billion), Poultry and eggs ($946.6 million), Milk from cows ($938.3 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Soybeans ($2.4 billion), Corn ($2.0 billion), Hay & Haylage ($421.0 million)

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Oklahoma

Total value of agricultural products sold: $7.1 billion (#23 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Cattle and calves ($3.4 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($1.3 billion), Poultry and eggs ($961.3 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay ($498.4 million), Wheat ($379.6 million), Cotton ($362.3 million)

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Oregon

Total value of agricultural products sold: $4.9 billion (#28 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Cattle and calves ($894.5 million), Other crops and hay ($803.7 million), Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod ($756.5 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay & Haylage ($585.2 million), Wheat ($238.7 million), Pears ($176.6 million)

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Pennsylvania

Total value of agricultural products sold: $7.4 billion (#22 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Milk from cows ($2.0 billion), Poultry and eggs ($1.4 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($1.2 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay & Haylage ($899.4 million), Corn ($562.9 million), Soybeans ($259.7 million)

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Rhode Island

Total value of agricultural products sold: $59.7 million (#49 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod ($32.8 million), Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes ($9.3 million), Fruit, tree nuts, and berries ($4.1 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay ($1.8 million), Corn (n/a)

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South Carolina

Total value of agricultural products sold: $3.0 billion (#34 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($1.5 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($499.6 million), Cotton and cottonseed ($213.8 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($187.9 million), Cotton ($151.2 million), Soybeans ($137.8 million)

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South Dakota

Total value of agricultural products sold: $10.2 billion (#12 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($5.8 billion), Cattle and calves ($3.0 billion), Hogs and pigs ($446.8 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($2.2 billion), Soybeans ($2.1 billion), Hay & Haylage ($503.0 million)

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Tennessee

Total value of agricultural products sold: $3.6 billion (#33 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($1.3 billion), Cattle and calves ($735.5 million), Poultry and eggs ($552.0 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Soybeans ($805.1 million), Hay ($457.6 million), Corn ($431.0 million)

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Texas

Total value of agricultural products sold: $25.4 billion (#3 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Cattle and calves ($13.0 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($3.0 billion), Poultry and eggs ($2.6 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Cotton ($3.0 billion), Hay & Haylage ($1.2 billion), Corn ($1.2 billion)

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Utah

Total value of agricultural products sold: $1.8 billion (#37 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Cattle and calves ($364.2 million), Milk from cows ($326.4 million), Other crops and hay ($297.2 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay & Haylage ($332.3 million), Wheat ($29.0 million), Corn ($12.8 million)

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Vermont

Total value of agricultural products sold: $776.1 million (#42 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Milk from cows ($504.9 million), Other crops and hay ($88.3 million), Cattle and calves ($61.9 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay & Haylage ($152.0 million), Maple Syrup ($53.5 million), Apples ($18.5 million)

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Virginia

Total value of agricultural products sold: $3.8 billion (#31 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($1.2 billion), Cattle and calves ($708.0 million), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($633.7 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay & Haylage ($347.0 million), Soybeans ($241.4 million), Corn ($180.9 million)

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Washington

Total value of agricultural products sold: $9.1 billion (#17 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Fruit, tree nuts, and berries ($2.9 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($1.5 billion), Milk from cows ($1.1 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Apples ($2.4 billion), Potatoes ($686.6 million), Wheat ($680.3 million)

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West Virginia

Total value of agricultural products sold: $806.8 million (#41 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Poultry and eggs ($401.4 million), Cattle and calves ($217.4 million), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($37.4 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay ($122.2 million), Corn ($19.1 million), Apples ($18.2 million)

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Wisconsin

Total value of agricultural products sold: $11.7 billion (#9 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Milk from cows ($5.0 billion), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($3.4 billion), Cattle and calves ($1.4 billion)
Most valuable crops produced: Corn ($1.7 billion), Soybeans ($940.4 million), Hay & Haylage ($816.2 million)

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Wyoming

Total value of agricultural products sold: $1.7 billion (#38 among all states)
Top agricultural commodities sold: Cattle and calves ($1.1 billion), Other crops and hay ($257.6 million), Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas ($169.8 million)
Most valuable crops produced: Hay ($330.1 million), Corn ($31.7 million), Barley ($30.2 million)

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