10 U.S. States with the Most Valuable Crops

Name the ten U.S. states that have the highest value of annual crop production.
A crop is a plant that is grown for human use or animal feed
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Last updated: February 6, 2021
First submittedNovember 12, 2016
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Value in $
Top Crop
State
33.5 bil
Almonds
California
14.2 bil
Corn
Iowa
13.9 bil
Corn
Illinois
10.1 bil
Corn
Minnesota
9.6 bil
Corn
Nebraska
7.4 bil
Cotton
Texas
6.9 bil
Wheat
North Dakota
6.9 bil
Corn
Indiana
6.7 bil
Apples
Washington
6.6 bil
Corn
Kansas
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Level 81
Nov 12, 2016
Surprised that the Southeast was shut out.
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Level 75
Nov 13, 2016
The source excludes marijuana - it seems that despite its huge contribution to the US economy, the USDA can't bring itself to admit it exists.
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Level ∞
Nov 13, 2016
And where would you even get the numbers from?
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Level 67
Jan 24, 2017
I know a guy...
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Level 79
Apr 10, 2017
Maybe not so huge
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Level ∞
Apr 10, 2017
Yeah. The NORML data that everyone quotes are wrong. This has potential to be a future April Fool's quiz question.
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Level 49
Apr 10, 2017
Yeah but I read that article that Djilas linked to and it said marijuana was around the same as almonds which according to the article put it at 15th or something. However this quiz lists almonds as first, so I'm a little confused.

No matter what, it stands to reason that marijuana would make tons of money. I know more people who use marijuana then almonds :)

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Level ∞
Apr 10, 2017
We once used some of the NORML data on this quiz. It because obvious that they were, as one commenter said, "out in space". I'm not making a comment one way or the other about NORML's political mission, only saying that their data doesn't meet the standards of this site.
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Level 65
Apr 11, 2017
Jayjaysciz, you need some new friends.
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Level 36
Dec 17, 2016
Yep, welcome to Indiana: Home of the Corn Fields.
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Level 83
Feb 6, 2021
Next Crop

287 miles

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Level 70
Apr 10, 2017
Thanks for the points! 10/10 with :24 remaining. Only one wrong guess, Missouri.
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Level 62
Apr 10, 2017
Marijuana is California´s most valuable crop.
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Level ∞
Apr 10, 2017
That's a statement that needs some serious backing up. NORML's oft-reported numbers are probably not even close to accurate. Although its possible that more marijuana is being produced in the state in recent years.
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Level ∞
Feb 6, 2021
Edit, 2021. There is absolutely no way that marijuana is the #1 cash crop in California. Here's some perspective. The value of California's almond crop is more than 6 times the value of the tobacco crop of the entire United States.

The reason that people report this erroneous fact regarding marijuana has to do with a simple fallacy equating street value with crop value.

For example, it has been said that there is only 4 cents of corn in every box of corn flakes.

Likewise, the street (or store) value of marijuana is mostly things like marketing, distribution costs, etc... To get the actual crop value that is paid to growers, you would need to divide by a lot.

In conclusion, marijuana is not the most valuable crop of California, or any other state for that matter. It is is not even close.

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Level 51
Apr 15, 2021
Having eaten far too many boxes of cornflakes over the years, I wholeheartedly believe that statistic. :)
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Level 76
Apr 10, 2017
More north-centric than I expected
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Level 72
Feb 9, 2021
True, very north-y. Even South Dakota was shut out.
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Level 70
Apr 10, 2017
Was nobody else surprised that Minnesota manages to grow so much corn? Who grows it, snowmen?
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Level 45
Jul 24, 2018
they also grow a load of beans and tree fruit too
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Level 37
Sep 2, 2018
Here's another one. Would have considered Minnesota too far north for corn (kept trying the southern states: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi). But then, one of my typos gave me North Dakota, so....
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Level 82
Oct 28, 2018
Okay, probably none of you should read this, then, for fear of making your heads explode: Corn: Canada's third most valuable crop.
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Level 83
Feb 6, 2021
You seem a good source, but the last 2 letters of your name do appear biased against corn flakes in particular.
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Level 84
Mar 5, 2021
Anyone who has driven through rural MN in the summer would not be surprised. MN is a lot bigger than most people realize, and the growing season is easily long enough for corn here.
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Level 78
Apr 12, 2017
I'd like to see a yellow box quiz which names a crop and then we type the state which has the highest production. This one was "name the top corn-producing states plus three more." Soybeans, tobacco, rice, etc. would add more interest - for me, at least.
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Level 45
Jul 24, 2018
too easy
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Level 82
Oct 28, 2018
One of the few U.S. state quizzes to be dominated by the Midwest!
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Level 51
Apr 15, 2021
"Flattest US states."
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Level 17
Mar 10, 2020
i only missed indiana!
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Level 66
Mar 15, 2020
I thought Texas would be higher on the list
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Level 20
Apr 15, 2021
Great quiz 😊.
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Level 24
Apr 16, 2021
Apples?
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Level 50
Apr 16, 2021
Harder than I expected lol
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Level 55
Apr 16, 2021
I’ve driven through parts of Iowa and it was pretty much all cornfields. Pretty productive cornfields, then, since it’s decently small.