Montana Agriculture 2017 [INFOGRAPHIC]Montana farmers grow and raise a wide variety of agricultural commodities. Take a look at some of the leading products found across Big Sky Country.

Barley

barley

Montana is No. 2 in the nation for acres of barley. Local farmers harvested more than 44.7 million bushels for a $258.5 million production value in 2015.

Cattle and Calves

 

Montana cattleWith more than 2.6 million cattle and calves, Montana ranks 11th in the nation for this top-earning commodity. Local ranchers earned a production value of $1.6 billion in 2015.

Dry Edible Peas

field peas

Dry edible peas are an excellent cover crop for Montana’s farms. In 2015, growers harvested 550,000 acres, earning a production value of $86.1 million.

Hay

 

hayMontana grew 4.6 million tons of hay in 2015, earning $585.4 million in production value. Most of this was alfalfa, which is a high-protein legume.

Honey

There’s something sweet about Montana. In 2015, local beekeepers harvested more than 12 million pounds of honey for a production value of $23.5 million.

Lentils

Montana is a top-ranking state for lentils, another high-earning pulse crop in addition to dry peas. Local farms harvested 222,000 acres in 2015, earning a production value of $68.1 million.

Milk

Milk and Dairy Fun Facts

The average American consumes almost 400 glasses of milk each year. Montana dairies produced 299 million pounds of milk in 2015, which earned $44.5 million.

Potatoes

potatoes

Potatoes are packed with vitamin C and potassium. Montana farmers harvested 10,900 acres of potatoes in 2015, which earned $41.5 million.

Sugar Beets

Sugar beet harvest

Montana is a top producer of sugar beets. In 2015, the state’s fields yielded more than 1.4 million tons from 43,700 acres, or 33 tons per acre.

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Wheat

wheat

Wheat is Montana’s highest-earning crop. In 2015, local farms harvested more than 5.3 million acres, earning a production value of $938.8 million.