Soybeans – The second-highest earning cash crop in the U.S. also has Mississippi’s second-highest value of production with $1.3 billion. Production increased from 73 million bushels in 2011 to 114.4 million bushels in 2014. Forestry – The forestry industry wields a strong impact on the state economy with a more than $1 billion value of production in 2014. Mississippi is covered in 19.7 million acres of forestland. Cattle – Mississippi is home to 930,000 cattle, including calves, on nearly 16,000 farms. Cattle had a $397 million value of production in 2014. Corn – U.S. farmers produce 36.2 percent of the world’s corn, more than any other country. Mississippi farmers produced 89.73 million bushels in 2014 with a $386 million value of production. Cotton – Mississippi cotton had a $370 million value of production in 2014. Upland cotton is the most widely planted variety and makes up 95 percent of the nation’s cotton crop. Catfish – Mississippi ranks No. 1 in the nation for catfish production. Catfish is raised on 275 farms encompassing 43,800 water acres, and had a $190 million value of production in 2014. Rice – Rice is produced on 259 farms in Mississippi, predominantly in the northwestern Delta counties bordering the Mississippi River. Rice had a $185 million value of production in 2014. Hogs – A total of 306 hog farms in Mississippi have a collective inventory of 500,000 hogs and pigs, and a $117 million value of production in 2014. Horticulture – Horticulture crops include nursery, produce, greenhouse, floriculture, sod and more. This multifaceted industry is a staple of the state’s economy and had a $114 million value of production in 2014.
Broilers, Eggs and Chickens – Broilers, eggs and chickens had a collective value of production of $3.1 billion in 2014. Mississippi’s poultry houses host 5.63 million layers and 727.2 million broilers.