Value of Washington’s 2016 ag production totaled $10.6 billion

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

The value of Washington’s 2016 agricultural production totaled $10.6 billion, down 1 percent from the previous year record high of $10.7 billion.

Apples remain the leading agricultural commodity in the state with a 2016 value of $2.39 billion. This is up 3 percent from the previous year, but down 4 percent from the record high value of $2.48 billion in 2012. Apples represented 22 percent of the total agricultural value, slightly higher than 2015. Milk remained in the second position and had value of production totaling $1.10 billion dollars in 2016, down 3 percent from 2015 and the lowest value since 2010. Potato value of production moved up one spot to take the third position in the state rankings. Potato value in 2016 was a record high $813 million, up 5 percent from the previous year. Cattle and Calves, valued at $704 million, fell one spot to fourth. This represents a 17 percent decrease from the previous year. Wheat rounded out the top five with a value of $657 million, up 9 percent from the previous year. These five commodities had a combined value of $5.66 billion, or 53 percent of the 2016 value for all commodities (excluding government payments). The same five commodities in 2015 had a combined value of $5.68 billion, also 53 percent of the total value.

Record high values of production were established for three of the top 10 Washington commodities, including potatoes, hops and grapes. Value of hop production in 2016 was up 36 percent from the previous year, while grape value of production was up 25 percent from 2015. There were other commodities outside the top 10 that showed significant increases in value from the previous year. Corn for grain production, with a value of $98.9 million in 2016, increased 43 percent from the previous year. Dry edible beans value increased 78 percent from 2015 to $82.6 million in 2016. The value of lentils, at $26.6 million, increased 54 percent from the previous year. Four of the top 10 commodities declined in value from the previous year, including milk, cattle and calves, hay and pears. Other notable commodities that declined in value in 2016 were eggs, down 65 percent to $117 million; blueberries, down 36 percent to $94.0 million; and red raspberries, down 24 percent to $67.6 million.