New York boasts a very diverse agriculture industry, with leading ag products being dairy and milk. Farmers grow a variety of crops in support of the dairy industry, such as corn, oats and wheat. Leading fruit crops are grapes and apples. New York ranks second in the nation for apple production, and third for wine and apple juice.
Check out the helpful infographic below showing the top 10 New York 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 New York?
- Dairy Products – $2.56 billion: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Cattle and Calves – $377 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Corn – $335 million: Field corn is different from the corn we eat. Hard and dry, it’s used to feed livestock and make ethanol.
- Apples – $275 million: Apple trees take up to four to five years to produce their first fruit.
- Chicken Eggs – $194 million: U.S. poultry farms provide about 10 percent of the world’s egg supply, or 75 billion eggs each year.
- Floriculture – $178 million: Floriculture is flower farming. More than 30 percent of U.S. consumers buy fresh flowers each year.
- Hay – $131 million: Sheep and goats refuse to eat trampled hay, but cows and horses will gobble it up.
- Soybeans – $113 million: Soybeans are an important ingredient in crayons. In facts, 1 acre of soybeans can make 82,368 crayons.
- Turkeys – $69.8 million: About 675 million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving every year in the United States.
- Snap Beans – $61.4 million: The name snap bean come from the sound they make when broken into pieces before cooking.