1. Broilers

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Virginia farmers produced just over 269 million broiler chickens in 2016, ranking 10th in the nation for broiler production. The same year, the Commonwealth produced more than 1.5 billion pounds of broiler meat. Broiler chickens generated $733.2 million in annual cash receipts.

2. Cattle and calves

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As of Jan. 1, 2017, Virginia’s cattle and calf inventory was estimated at 1.52 million head, up 30,000 head from last year. Rockingham County leads the state in total cattle, with 105,000 head. The county also has the most dairy cows, coming in at 23,000 cows. Cattle and calves brought in $415.6 million in annual cash receipts.

3. Turkeys

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In 2016, Virginia farmers produced 17.2 million turkeys, ranking sixth nationally for turkey production and resulting in more than 467.8 million pounds of turkey meat produced. Turkeys brought the state $386.4 million in annual cash receipts.

3. Dairy Products

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Virginia is home to approximately 90,000 dairy cows that produce 1.7 billion pounds of milk each year, which is equal to more than 205 million gallons. Each cow produces an average of 2,263 gallons of milk annually. Additionally, the Commonwealth lays claim to 608 dairy farms. Dairy products generated annual cash receipts totaling over $308.3 million.

5. Soybeans

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Over the past five years, Virginia soybean farmers harvested an average of 16.6 million bushels of soybeans and averaged 30.7 bushels per acre. In 2016, the state’s soybean farmers planted 610,000 acres of the crop and harvested 600,000 acres, resulting in a total of 21.6 million bushels of soybeans. Soybeans brought in $200.5 million in annual cash receipts.

6. Corn

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Virginia farmers planted 490,000 acres of corn in 2016, and the same year, Accomack County was the leading corn-producing county in the state, with production totaling 2.8 million bushels harvested from 17,700 acres. Also in 2016, Culpeper County had the highest corn yield in Virginia at 173.8 bushels per acre. Corn brought the state $172.5 million in annual cash receipts.

7. Hay

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Farmers across Virginia harvested more than 1.2 million acres of hay in 2016, yielding 2.34 tons per acre and resulting in over 2.8 million tons of the crop. Hay generated $118.9 million in annual cash receipts.

8. Tobacco

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Virginia farmers harvested 23,460 acres of tobacco in 2016, which yielded 2,193 pounds of the crop per acre and resulted in a total production of more than 51.4 million pounds of tobacco. Tobacco brought in $110.4 million in annual cash receipts.

9. Chicken Eggs

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In 2016, Virginia farmers produced 782.3 million chicken eggs. The state’s poultry industry employs as many as 17,637 people across the Commonwealth and generates an additional 32,983 jobs in supplier and ancillary industries. Chicken eggs brought the state $96.9 million in annual cash receipts.

10. Wheat

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Farmers across the Commonwealth planted 210,000 acres of winter wheat in 2016, resulting in 175,000 harvested acres. In total, Virginia farmers produced 9.275 million bushels of winter wheat in 2016. Wheat generated cash receipts totaling in $54.1 million.


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