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Most Valuable Crops by U.S. State

Name the most valuable crop produced by each of the 50 states.
A crop is a plant that is grown for a human use or animal feed
Last updated: November 12, 2016
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State
millions of $
Crop
Alabama
241
Hay
Alaska
7
Hay
Arizona
434
Hay
Arkansas
1,467
Soybeans
California
5,325
Almonds
Colorado
782
Hay
Connecticut
22
Hay
Delaware
120
Corn
Florida
1,173
Oranges
Georgia
694
Cotton
Hawaii
49
Coffee
Idaho
932
Hay
Illinois
7,346
Corn
Indiana
3,164
Corn
Iowa
8,770
Corn
Kansas
2,176
Corn
Kentucky
856
Corn
Louisiana
558
Soybeans
Maine
143
Potatoes
Maryland
236
Corn
Massachusetts
77
Cranberries
Michigan
1,174
Corn
Minnesota
4,858
Corn
Mississippi
1,028
Soybeans
Missouri
1,633
Soybeans
State
millions of $
Crop
Montana
939
Wheat
Nebraska
6,094
Corn
Nevada
196
Hay
New Hampshire
16
Hay
New Jersey
77
(Bedding Plants)
New Mexico
241
Hay
New York
788
Hay
North Carolina
703
Tobacco
North Dakota
1,792
Wheat
Ohio
2,098
Soybeans
Oklahoma
510
Hay
Oregon
604
Hay
Pennsylvania
1,010
Hay
Rhode Island
2
Hay
South Carolina
96
Corn
South Dakota
2,599
Corn
Tennessee
736
Soybeans
Texas
1,609
Cotton
Utah
392
Hay
Vermont
129
Hay
Virginia
418
Hay
Washington
2,396
Apples
West Virginia
135
Hay
Wisconsin
1,673
Corn
Wyoming
259
Hay
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level 75
Nov 12, 2016
It's interesting how few of the states that are known for something have that as their biggest dollar crop. Wisconsin grows more cranberries than any other state, yet that's not the biggest cash crop. Likewise most of the states we think of as cotton states have a different top product, Idaho with potatoes, as well as some of the other tobacco states. California is a huge producer of crops, and I knew almonds were in the mix, but surprised they top oranges or the common cash crops.
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level 58
May 3, 2017
It wouldn't surprise me if oranges used to be California's most valuable crop, but the fields have almost entirely been replaced with suburbs. For example, Orange County has only 71 acres of its namesake left, and most of that is historic parks: http://www.latimes.com/visuals/graphics/la-me-g-the-decline-of-the-orange-20150116-htmlstory.html
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level 65
May 3, 2017
I would imagine peaches in georgia are similar, in that they used to produce much more than they do now.
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level 82
Nov 12, 2016
I never realized that cotton candy was made out of real cotton
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level 66
Oct 18, 2017
Huh?
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level 24
Jan 9, 2018
I never realized that sugar could fry your brain like it has
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level 71
Nov 13, 2016
According to this data, marijuana crop values exceed that crops stated in this quiz in at least California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Hawaii, Alabama and West Virginia. This is 2006 data, which will have surely gotten higher, if you'll excuse the pun, since then.
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level ∞
May 3, 2017
I am generally skeptical of data that comes from political advocacy groups. One problem with most of these "pot is the biggest crop" stories is that they confuse street value with wholesale cost. Surely, there must be better data from the many states where marijuana is legal?
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level 47
Nov 15, 2016
Crazy that almonds are worth more to California than grapes, both for eating and wine production. I guess most table grapes come from Mexico.
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level 75
May 3, 2017
Almonds are expensive, too.
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level 79
Jan 2, 2017
Is maple not considered a crop? Vermont's maple syrup industry is over $300M.
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level 59
Apr 10, 2017
I was expecting Pineapple for Hawaii. Literally 98% of the island of Lanai is Pineapple Farms
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level 75
May 3, 2017
Surprised me, too. Though coffee was my second guess.
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level 75
May 3, 2017
We spent a week on Kaua'i, enjoying the free coffee every morning at Kauai Coffee plantation. I guessed pineapples, sugar cane, papayas, guavas, taro... but no coffee. Only one I missed. :(
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level 61
May 3, 2017
Idaho really throws you for a loop. Not what I expected!
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level 76
May 3, 2017
Was going through the obvious answers, or so I thought, and had to do a double take when potatoes showed up under Maine instead of Idaho.
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level 75
May 3, 2017
I wonder how many people would have missed hay if it hadn't been the crop in the photo? Even with the photo it's currently at 41%.
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level 58
May 3, 2017
It's because most of us don't see it in our everyday lives, we just see the end products in our grocery store meat section :P
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level 60
May 3, 2017
I imagine most people saw it and thought, "wheat," and didn't realize there is a difference between the two.
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level 71
May 3, 2017
That's not a wheat crop - looks like lucerne to me (alfalfa to you Americans)
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level 45
May 20, 2017
Well, my parents would always go "Look, giant shredded wheat!" out the car window when I was little and it was hay baling season... and then I tried to take a bite of a hay bale when I was six and found out the hard way. :P
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level 51
May 8, 2017
Out here where I live in NC all you see are rolling fields of tobacco. Occasionally some soy and cotton, but mainly tobacco.
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level 47
May 19, 2017
Very true; I'm from southern Virginia, and tobacco used to be just like that here, too. But I've noticed it's been on a sharp decline since the middle of last decade. Farmers around here who used to grow it are switching to more profitable crops since our state's crazy tax increases on the plant that has such a rich history here. When I drive through NC, though, it's a different story altogether.
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level 58
Oct 12, 2017
could grass be accepted for hay ?
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level 63
May 24, 2018
Agreed. The crop itself is grass and it becomes hay when it's dried for use as animal feed.
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level 39
May 31, 2018
HEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
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level 41
Mar 12, 2019
I thought hay was grass