Broilers – The U.S. consumes more chicken than anywhere else in the world. In 2015, Ohio poultry farmers raised 80.4 million broilers, or chickens for meat, earning a production value of $242.2 million.
Cattle and Calves – Beef cattle can be found in all 88 counties in Ohio. State beef producers raised more than 1.2 million cattle and calves in 2015, which earned Ohio a production value worth more than $713 million.
Corn – Corn is Ohio’s second most valuable crop. In 2015, farmers harvested more than 498.7 million bushels of corn for grain. Corn for grain earned the state nearly $1.9 billion in production value.
Eggs – Eggs are an important part of Ohio’s economy. Poultry farmers in the state earned more than $1.2 billion in production value from over 9.3 billion eggs in 2015. That’s the equivalent of 776.2 million dozen-sized cartons.
Greenhouse and Nursery – The greenhouse and nursery industry is blooming in Ohio. In 2014, Ohio’s horticulture farmers earned $392 million in sales. Ohio ranks No. 5 nationally in sales of floriculture, or the cultivation of flowers and ornamental plants.
Hogs – Ohio ranks eighth in the nation in hog inventory. State hog farmers produced 2.5 million hogs in 2015, which earned a production value of more than $618.1 million.
Milk – Ohio’s dairy producers are embracing robotic milking systems with more than 40 installations across the state. In 2015, dairy farms earned a production value of $983.2 million with over 5.4 billion pounds of milk.
Soybeans – Ohio soybeans earned more than $2 billion in 2015 with 237 million bushels, making the crop Ohio’s highest-earning commodity by far. At least 26 percent of the state’s crop area is planted with soybeans.
Turkeys – Consumers are gobbling up Ohio’s turkey. The state’s poultry farmers produced 5.2 million of these birds in 2015, earning $169.5 million in production value.
Wheat – Ohio leads the nation in the production of soft red winter wheat, which is used to make cookies, cakes and more. The state’s wheat farmers harvested more than 32.1 million bushels in 2015, earning a production value of more than $147.9 million.