oklahoma agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC]Broilers – The U.S. has the largest broiler industry in the world. Oklahoma farmers produced 217 million broilers in 2015, earning more than $770.5 million in production value.

Cattle and Calves – A single steer provides about 720 quarter-pound hamburgers. Oklahoma farmers earned more than $3.22 billion in production value with this lucrative commodity in 2015. The state housed 4.85 million cattle and calves as of Jan. 1, 2016.

Corn – U.S. corn growers produce over a third of the world’s corn supply. In 2015, Oklahoma farmers harvested 280,000 acres of corn for grain, which earned a $144.48 million production value.

Cotton – U.S. paper currency is made up of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen. State cotton farmers earned a $106.38 million production value in 2015 by producing 374,000 bales of cotton weighing in at 480 pounds each.

Milk – Milk is Oklahoma’s official state beverage. In 2015, 39,000 dairy cows produced 720 million pounds of milk in Oklahoma. The commodity earned dairy farmers a $133.9 million production value in 2015.

Grain Sorghum – Grain sorghum grows well in Oklahoma because it doesn’t need much water and can survive the state’s long, hot summers. More than 410,000 acres of this leading commodity were harvested and earned Oklahoma farmers $72.8 million in production value in 2015.

Hay – Growing hay requires plenty of rain and then hot, dry weather for harvest, making Oklahoma excellent for farming this crop. State farmers earned a $510.9 million production value with 5.9 million tons of hay in 2015.

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Hogs – Bacon is one of the oldest processed meats in history. In 2015, Oklahoma farmers had 2.1 million hogs. This top commodity earned $863.1 million in production value the same year.

Oil Crops – Oil crops, such as soy, sunflower and canola, are processed into oils that are used for cooking, biofuels and more. Oil crops added $144.6 million to Oklahoma’s economy in 2014.

Wheat – Wheat was first planted in the U.S. in 1777 as a hobby crop. About 98.8 million bushels of winter wheat earned Oklahoma farmers $489 million in production value in 2015.

 

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