1. Cattle and Calves
Colorado is home to over 2 million cattle and calves, and in 2016, they brought in a whopping $3.1 billion in annual cash receipts. Colorado is also the fourth-largest exporter of fresh and frozen beef in the U.S.
2. Dairy Products
In 2016, the state’s daisy and milk segment earned $651 million in annual cash receipts. Colorado ranks 15th in the nation for milk production.
3. Field Corn
Colorado’s field corn crop generated $462 million in annual cash receipts in 2016. Corn’s biggest customer is the cattle industry, which uses 90 percent of the state’s corn crop as feed.
Wheat farms brought Colorado $300 million in annual cash receipts in 2016. The top counties for winter wheat production included Washington, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Prowers and Adams.
Colorado farmers harvest over 1 million acres of hay every year. The crop earned the state $296 million in annual cash receipts in 2016.
6. Nursery & Greenhouse
Colorado’s greenhouse products include bedding plants, cut flowers and more. In 2016, the sector earned $294 million in annual cash receipts.
Colorado is home to 670,000 hogs, and in 2016, they brought the state $183 million in annual cash receipts. The state ranks 15th in the nation for all hogs and pigs.
In 2016, Colorado’s potato crop earned $177 million in annual cash receipts. There are approximately 50,000 acres in the San Luis Valley in southwestern Colorado that are dedicated to potato production.
9. Chicken Eggs
Colorado hens lay more than a billion eggs every year. In 2016, the state’s eggs earned annual cash receipts of $68 million. Colorado egg farmers purchase more than 4.4 million bushels of corn each year from corn farmers to feed their hens.
Colorado’s sorghum farmers earned $60 million in annual cash receipts for their crop in 2016. Sorghum is a cereal grain primarily used for livestock feed, but also as a sweetener and other food applications.