The value of Washington’s 2017 agricultural production totaled $10.6 billion, up 4 percent from the previous year value of $10.2 billion, but shy of the record high $10.7 billion in 2015.
Apples remained the leading agricultural commodity in the state with a 2017 value of $2.43 billion. This is up 3 percent from the previous year, but just short of the record high value of $2.48 billion in 2012. Apples represented 23 percent of the total agricultural value, virtually unchanged from the percentage in 2016.
Milk remained in the second position and had value of production totaling $1.19 billion dollars in 2017, up 8 percent from 2016. All wheat value of production moved up two spots to take the third position in the state rankings. Wheat value in 2017 was $691 million, up 5 percent from the previous year. Potatoes, valued at $687 million, fell one spot to fourth. This represents a 16 percent decrease from the previous year. Cattle and calves rounded out the top five with a value of $664 million, down 6 percent from the previous year. These five commodities had a combined value of $5.66 billion, or 54 percent of the 2017 value for all commodities (excluding government payments). The same five commodities in 2016 had a combined value of $5.62 billion, 55 percent of the total 2016 value.
Record high values of production were established for hops and pears. Value of hop production in 2017 was up 28 percent from the previous year record, while all pear value of production was up 5 percent from 2016 and up 1 percent from the previous record high value in 2014. There were other commodities outside the top ten that showed significant increases in value from the previous year.
Egg production, with a value of $141 million in 2017, increased 21 percent from the previous year. Blueberry value increased 22 percent from 2016 to $115 million in 2017. The value of canola, at $15.1 million, increased 64 percent from the previous year. Four of the top 10 commodities declined in value from the previous year, including potatoes, cattle and calves, cherries and grapes. Other notable commodities that declined in value in 2017 were onions, down 30 percent to $130 million; lentils, down 31 percent to $18.4 million; and dry edible peas, down 40 percent to $15.7 million.