Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.

Corn waits to be harvested on land leased by Tempe Farming Co., Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Casa Grande, Ariz. The Colorado River has been a go-to source of water for cities, tribes and farmers in the U.S. West for decades. But climate change, drought and increased demand are taking a toll. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is expected to declare the first-ever mandatory cuts from the river for 2022. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

By Stacker

May 25, 2023
Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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Most valuable crops grown in Arizona

There are more than 2 million farms in the United States, about 98% of which are operated by families, individuals, family partnerships, or family corporations, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. About 86% of all agricultural products in America are produced on family ranches or farms. A single farm feeds an average of 166 people per year, both in the U.S. and abroad. Even so, farming is a mere sliver of the U.S. economy, representing just 1% of America’s GDP—farm and ranch families make up less than 2% of America’s population.

More African Americans are operating farms now than ever before, likewise for Hispanic and Latino farm operators. One in four farmers are beginning farmers, a term that represents those with fewer than 10 years in agriculture work—their average age is 46. About 11% of U.S. farmers served or are serving in the military.

The U.S. is projected to export a record $191.0 billion agricultural products in 2022. Stacker compiled a list of the most valuable crops grown in Arizona using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture state agriculture overview. Crops are ranked by total annual value of production as of July 16, 2022.

Keep reading to see which crops grown in Arizona are the most valuable.

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#14. Barley

– Annual production: $8.6 million
– Top states:
— #1. Idaho ($229.0 million)
— #2. Montana ($122.3 million)
— #3. North Dakota ($115.1 million)
— #4. Wyoming ($32.5 million)
— #5. Colorado ($25.3 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#13. Corn

– Annual production: $21.5 million
– Top states:
— #1. Iowa ($13.9 billion)
— #2. Illinois ($11.8 billion)
— #3. Nebraska ($10.0 billion)
— #4. Minnesota ($7.5 billion)
— #5. Indiana ($5.6 billion)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#12. Lemons

– Annual production: $22.6 million
– Top states:
— #1. California ($638.2 million)
— #2. Arizona ($22.6 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#11. Wheat

– Annual production: $36.7 million
– Top states:
— #1. Kansas ($2.4 billion)
— #2. North Dakota ($1.8 billion)
— #3. Montana ($832.3 million)
— #4. Washington ($739.6 million)
— #5. Oklahoma ($736.3 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#10. Cabbage

– Annual production: $56.1 million
– Top states:
— #1. California ($155.2 million)
— #2. New York ($76.3 million)
— #3. Arizona ($56.1 million)
— #4. Florida ($45.3 million)
— #5. Texas ($44.2 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#9. Cauliflower

– Annual production: $76.9 million
– Top states:
— #1. California ($265.9 million)
— #2. Arizona ($76.9 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#8. Broccoli

– Annual production: $87.5 million
– Top states:
— #1. California ($631.5 million)
— #2. Arizona ($87.5 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#7. Melons

– Annual production: $91.9 million
– Top states:
— #1. Florida ($192.4 million)
— #2. California ($162.9 million)
— #3. Georgia ($103.7 million)
— #4. Arizona ($91.9 million)
— #5. Texas ($54.3 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#6. Pecans

– Annual production: $92.8 million
– Top states:
— #1. New Mexico ($188.9 million)
— #2. Georgia ($182.5 million)
— #3. Arizona ($92.8 million)
— #4. Texas ($69.2 million)
— #5. Oklahoma ($17.5 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#5. Dates

– Annual production: $93.0 million
– Top states:
— #1. California ($135.6 million)
— #2. Arizona ($93.0 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#4. Cotton

– Annual production: $101.5 million
– Top states:
— #1. Texas ($3.2 billion)
— #2. Georgia ($937.4 million)
— #3. Arkansas ($442.8 million)
— #4. Mississippi ($344.9 million)
— #5. North Carolina ($339.3 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#3. Spinach

– Annual production: $113.6 million
– Top states:
— #1. California ($358.8 million)
— #2. Arizona ($113.6 million)
— #3. New Jersey ($14.2 million)
— #4. Texas ($9.6 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#2. Lettuce

– Annual production: $291.0 million
– Top states:
— #1. California ($768.5 million)
— #2. Arizona ($291.0 million)

Arizona Farms Bring in Tons of Money. Here Are the 14 Most Valuable Crops.
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#1. Hay & haylage

– Annual production: $494.4 million
– Top states:
— #1. Texas ($1.7 billion)
— #2. Wisconsin ($1.3 billion)
— #3. California ($1.2 billion)
— #4. Idaho ($1.1 billion)
— #5. Colorado ($1.0 billion)

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