Indiana Agriculture

Courtesy of Beck’s Hybrids

1. Corn – Favorable conditions in 2013 led to record-high ear counts in top corn-producing states of Indiana, Illinois Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Indiana produced more than 1 billion bushels of corn in 2013.

2. Soybeans – U.S. soybean production in 2013 was the third-largest yield on record. Indiana’s soybean yield also increased, from 226.16 million bushels in 2012 to 264.69 million bushels in 2013.

3. Hogs – Indiana ranks No. 5 in the nation for number of hogs with 3.74 million head in 2013. The swine industry brought in $1.74 million in cash 
receipts in 2013.

4. Dairy products and milk – In 2013, Indiana was home to 178,000 milk cows. In that same year, the average milk production for those cows was 21,761 pounds of milk 
per cow.

5. Chicken eggs – Indiana boasted 25.58 million laying hens in 2013. The state ranks third in the U.S. for total chicken population and fourth in overall egg production.

6. Turkeys – Indiana ranks No. 7 in the United States for turkey production, with 17.5 million birds. This commodity generated $441 million in cash receipts 
in 2013.

7. Cattle and calves – Cattle production and prices are on the rise. This commodity generated $522.69 million in cash receipts in 2013, a dramatic increase from 
$361 million in 2012.

8. Wheat – Indiana producers planted 470,000 acres of wheat in 2013. The majority of wheat planted in Indiana is winter wheat, used for all-purpose, 
pastry and cake flour.

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9. Greenhouse and nursery – Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod in Indiana earned $110.83 million in 2013. This commodity includes a range of products, 
including potted flowers, trees, bulbs and ground cover plants.

10. Hay – The value of Indiana hay production was $315.22 million in 2013, up from $67 million in cash receipts in 2012. Overall U.S. hay production also increased in 2013.

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  1. Hi. I thought tomatoes used to be one of the top crops we grew back in the 70s or 80s. Could you let me know if this is correct, and if so, why it isn’t it now? Very curious,


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