Maryland ag products are as diverse as the nation itself, and includes poultry, nursery and turf, seafood, dairy, corn, soybeans, and racing and pleasure horses.
Check out the helpful infographic below showing the top 10 Maryland ag products, based on 2015 cash receipts, plus a fun fact about each. Feel free to share on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, or contact us to reprint.
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What’s Growing in Maryland?
- Broilers – $931 million: The U.S. has the largest broiler chicken industry in the world and consumes more chicken than anyone else.
- Corn – $230 million: Field corn is different from the corn we eat. Hard and dry, it’s used to feed livestock and make ethanol.
- Soybeans – $182 million: Soybeans are an important ingredient in crayons. In fact, just 1 acre of soybeans can make 82,368 crayons.
- Dairy Products – $173 million: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Floriculture – $115 million: Floriculture is flower farming. More than 30 percent of U.S. consumers buy fresh flowers each year.
- Chicken Eggs – $98.9 million: U.S. poultry farms provide about 10 percent of the world’s egg supply, or 75 billion eggs each year.
- Cattle and Calves – $97.1 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Wheat – $74.4 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.
- Hay – $27.7 million: Sheep and goats refuse to eat trampled hay, but cows and horses will gobble it up.
- Turkeys – $19.1 million: About 675 million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving every year in the United States.