1. Dairy Products
Wisconsin is home to 1.28 million dairy cows, and each cow produces 1,830 pounds, or 213 gallons, of milk per month. Diary product brought the state $5 billion in annual cash receipts.
FARM FACT: Dairy cows give more than 7 gallons of milk each day, which equals 112 glasses of milk.
2. Cattle and Calves
Beef cows can be found in nearly every county in Wisconsin, and the state lays claim to 285,000 beef cows. Cattle and calves generated $1.6 billion in annual cash receipts.
WHAT ARE CASH RECEIPTS? Defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, cash receipts refer to the total amount of crops or livestock sold in a calendar year.
Dane, Rock, Grant, Lafayette and Dodge counties produced the most corn in Wisconsin in 2016, when the state’s farmers harvested 4.05 million acres and 573 million bushels of corn. Corn brought in $1.3 billion in annual cash receipts.
In 2017, Wisconsin farmers harvested 2.14 million acres of soybeans, which is 190,000 acres above 2016’s harvested soybean acres. Soybeans brought the state $987.4 million in annual cash receipts.
Wisconsin ranks third in the U.S. for potato production, and several varieties of the vegetable are grown across the state including russet, yellow, white, red, purple/blue and fingerlings. Potatoes brought in $283.2 million in annual cash receipts.
Wisconsin is perennially the top cranberry- producing state in the nation, and cranberries are the state’s No. 1 fruit crop. Some of Wisconsin’s marshes have been successfully producing cranberries for more than 100 years. Cranberries generated $177.3 million in annual cash receipts.
Wisconsin produced 54 million broilers – or chickens grown for meat – in 2016, earning over $108.6 million in annual cash receipts.
The state, home to a total of 300,000 hogs in 2017, has a thriving pork production industry that employs 10,000 people. Hogs brought the state $98.8 million in annual cash receipts.
Wisconsin farmers harvested 2.19 million acres of hay and haylage in 2017, worth $816.2 million. They fed most of that to their own livestock, and sold about 10 percent of the crop. Hay brought in $84.4 million in annual receipts.
10. Chicken Eggs
Wisconsin hens produced 1.8 billion eggs in 2017 and in 2016, the state’s egg production was valued at $79.1 million.