Wheat is third in state for value of production

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

The value of Washington’s 2022 agricultural production totaled $12.8 billion, shattering the previous record high of $10.4 billion in 2015 and up 27% from the revised previous year value of $10.1 billion. The value of Washington’s crop production in 2022 was $8.60 billion, up 22% from 2021. The value of livestock production in 2022 totaled $4.18 billion, up 38% from the previous year. Both crop and livestock production values were at record highs.

Apples remain the leading agricultural commodity in the state, with a 2022 value of $2.07 billion, up 3% from the previous year. Apples represented 16% of the total agricultural value in 2022. In the previous year, apple’s share of the total was 20%. Milk remained in the second position and had a value of production totaling $1.68 billion dollars in 2022, up 39% from 2021. All wheat, valued at $1.17 billion, represented the third highest value in the state, with a 55% increase from the previous year, and up from fourth in the state rankings in 2021. Cattle and calves value of production moved down one position from the previous year to fourth in the state rankings. The value of cattle and calves in 2022 was $1.02 million, up 28% from the previous year. Potatoes rounded out the top five with a value of $943 million, up 32% from the previous year. These five commodities had a combined value of $6.88 billion, or 54% of the 2022 value for all commodities (excluding government payments). The same five commodities in 2021 had a combined value of $5.48 billion, 54% of the total value.

Eggs entered the top 10 in 2022 and set a record high value of production. The value of egg production in 2022 was $460 million, up 149% from 2021. Of the other top 10 commodities, milk, wheat, cattle and calves, potatoes, all hay, and all grapes also increased significantly from 2021.