Arizona’s diverse terrain and climate bring diverse ag products. Cattle and calves and dairy are leading Arizona ag products, with cotton, lettuce and hay positioned as top-produced crops. Additionally, citrus is a vital economic force, and the Grand Canyon State ranks second in the nation for cantaloupe, honeydew melons and lemon production.
Take a look at the infographic below to see Arizona’s top 10 ag products, based on 2015 cash receipts, and fun facts about each. Feel free to share on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, or contact us to reprint.
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What’s Growing in Arizona?
- Cattle and Calves – $892 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Dairy Products – $762 million: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Lettuce – $705 million: Lettuce leaves that are darker in color indicate high fiber, better flavor and nutritional value.
- Hay – $228 million: Sheep and goats refuse to eat trampled hay, but cows and horses will gobble it up.
- Lemons – $149 million: A versatile fruit adding flavor to a variety of foods and drinks, one medium-size lemon has just 18 calories.
- Wheat – $126 million: A bushel of wheat yields 42 one-and-a-half pound loaves of white bread or 90 one-pound loaves of whole-wheat bread.
- Cotton Lint, Upland – $116 million: One bale of cotton can make 215 pairs of jeans, 1,256 pillowcases or 313,600 $100 bills.
- Cantaloupe – $81.4 million: One 6-ounce serving of cantaloupe provides 100 percent of the recommended daily allowances of vitamins A and C.
- Spinach – $55.3 million: There are three different spinach varieties: savory, flat leaf and semi-savory, which is a hybrid of the first tow.
- Cauliflower – $54.1 million: The average American eats about 1.5 pounds of fresh cauliflower in a year. It’s a great source of vitamin C and fiber.