Nebraska continues to be among the leading ag producing states according to the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service. The state ranked first in several categories including the production of Great Northern dry edible beans (1,810,000 cwt) and commercial red meat production (7,274,400,000 pounds) in 2014 and the inventory of cattle on feed (2,530,000 head) as of January, 2015. The 2012 Census of Agriculture also reported Nebraska is the top state in cropland irrigated acres (8,296,573 acres) and the production of popcorn (353,711,118). In fact, 77.0% of the Great Northern Dry Edible Beans grown in the U.S. come from Nebraska along with 45.0% of the popcorn grown.
Nebraska ranked second in 2014 in the production of dry edible light red kidney beans (325,000 cwt.), dry edible pinto beans (1,554,000 cwt.), and proso millet 3,219,000 bushels) along with all cattle and calves inventory (6,300,000) as of January 1, 2015. The 2012 Census of Agriculture also reported Nebraska second in the inventory of bison (23,152).
Third place rankings included 2014 production of corn for grain (1,602,050,000 bushels) and all dry edible beans (3,800,000 cwt.). Cash receipts from farm marketings ($23,569,058,000) also ranked third in 2013.
Still at the top of the listings are the fourth place rankings including: 2014 land in farms (45,200,000 acres), and both off farm and on farm grain storage capacity (as of Dec. 1, 2014). All beef cows inventory (1,786,000 head) was also fourth as of Jan. 2015.
Other high rankings attained in 2014 were the production of soybeans (288,900,000 bushels) and the production of winter wheat (71,050,000 bushels).
With 34 categories ranking in the top 10 announced by NAAS, Nebraska enjoys a robust economy as a result of the agriculture sector fed by fertile land and proficient agriculturalists.