Washington Farmers Set Record Ag Value Record

2011 income marks 14 percent increase in a year.

Published on: Nov 15, 2012

According to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, the value of Washington 2011 ag production hit $9.4 billion, 14% above the 2010 figure, and 13% higher than the previous record set in 2007.

Record high value of production was set by six of the top seen Washington commodities, including apples, milk, wheat, potatoes, hay and cherries. Other commodities also set records, including corn for grain, dry edible beans and blueberries.

"Last year, Washington's farmers produced the most valuable harvest in the history of Washington," says Dan Newhouse, Washington State Department of Agriculture director. "Our growers' hard work and innovative spirit continue to boost economic development across the state.

Apples are Washingtons No. 1 crop, with a value of $1.83 billion, 20% of the total farm value in the state according to a new report n 2011  farm income.
Apples are Washington's No. 1 crop, with a value of $1.83 billion, 20% of the total farm value in the state according to a new report n 2011 farm income.

"Agriculture remains a bright spot in or economy with stable employment and growing exports to the Pacific Rim. While we must be mindful of rising costs of production and tension around the availability of skilled agricultural workers, I remain optimistic about the future of agriculture in Washington."

Apples remained the top crop for the Evergreen State in 2011 with a value of $1.83 billion, a 19% increase from 2010. Apples represent 20% of the total Washington ag value.

In second place, milk posted a $1.28 billion value, 34% above 2010's level followed by wheat with a value of $1.14 billion.

Wheat posted a 23% gain from the 2010 crop.

Potatoes had the fourth biggest value at $771 million, 18% more than in 2010.

New to the top five in 2011 was hay with a value of $714 million, a 40% leap over the 2010 posting.

These five top commodities registered a combined ag value of $5.73 billion, 63% of the 2011 overall farm income. The same five crops in 2010 totaled a combined value of $4.48 billion, or 58% of the total value.

In 2009, comparable figures were $3.79 billion and 53%.