Here’s a glimpse at the top agriculture commodities in Georgia:
Broilers – The top livestock commodity in the state had a production value of $4.8 billion in 2014. Chicken houses and free-range operations boasted 1.32 billion total head.
Cotton – Georgia cotton producers harvested 2.57 million 480-pound bales in 2014, or enough to produce 552 million pairs of blue jeans. This textile had a $770.4 million production value in 2014.
Eggs – Laying hens in Georgia produced 4.72 billion eggs in 2014. Georgia eggs, which were sold whole, used in value-added products or hatched,had a $665.87 million production value that year.
Cattle and Calves – Georgia’s 489,000 head of beef cattle had a $528.61 million production value in 2014. With 25,000 head, Macon County leads the state.
Peanuts – Consistently one of the top peanut-producing states in the country, Georgia produced 2.42 billion pounds of peanuts in 2014. This legume crop had a $487 million production value.
Dairy, Milk – Milk had a $444.58 million production value in 2014. Georgia dairy cows produced an average of 20,790 pounds per head for a total of 1.69 billion pounds.
Corn – Georgia farmers had a yield of 52.7 million bushels of corn in 2014. Used for livestock feed, human consumption and processed into products such as ethanol, corn had a $237.15 million production value in 2014.
Pecans – Known for its pecan logs, pecan pie and other delicious pecan products, Georgia harvested 73 million pounds in 2014. This nut crop had a $166.16 million production value.
Hay – Georgia farmers harvested 1.5 million tons of hay from 580,000 acres in 2014. Hay had a $135.72 million production value.
Soybeans – Georgia soybeans had a production value of $125.28 million in 2014. Farmers harvested an impressive 11.6 million bushels on 290,000 acres of farmland.