Michigan Agriculture 2017 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know Michigan farmers produce a wide range of foods, plants and more? In fact, they grow more than 300 different types of commodities. Take a look at some of the leading agricultural products found across the state, based on production value.

1. Apples

Apples are one of Michigan’s largest and most valuable crops. The state is the third-largest apple producer in the nation. Michigan sold nearly 1 billion pounds in 2015, earning a production value of $221.6 million.

2. Cattle

Cattle production, including beef and dairy cows, is the largest sector of the nation’s agriculture economy. In 2015, Michigan farmers raised over 1.1 million cattle and calves, earning a production value of $624 million.

3. Corn

Cornfields cover Michigan’s farmland more than any other crop. Local farmers harvested more than 2 million acres of corn used for livestock feed in 2015. The crop earned a production value of more than $1.1 billion.

4. Eggs

Michigan was the seventh-largest egg-producing state in 2015. The state’s hens laid more than 3.8 billion eggs in 2015, earning a production value of $495.1 million.

5. Greenhouse and Nursery

Michigan’s nursery, perennial plant production, sod production, and landscaping and lawn care industries contribute more than $1 billion to the state’s economy. Overall, the industry has an economic impact of $5.7 billion.

6. Pork

Consumers can feast on a variety of tasty pork cuts produced right here in Michigan, including bacon, ham and pork chops. Michigan farmers earned $348 million in production value from 2.4 million hogs in 2015.

8. Soybeans

Soybeans are used to feed livestock, make human food products, and create industrial products like ink and crayons. In 2015, Michigan’s farmers harvested 98.9 million bushels for a production value of $851.2 million.

9. Sugarbeets

Michigan is fourth in sugarbeet production, harvesting 4.7 million tons in 2015. Sugarbeets are primarily grown in the east-central region, with Huron County leading the state.

10. Wheat

Michigan farmers plant red and white winter wheat each fall, harvesting an average of 89 bushels per acre in the summer. The crop, averaging 50 million bushels, is mainly used to make baked goods, such as cookies, cakes, crackers, cereals and pastries in the Great Lakes region.