OLYMPIA, Wash. — The value of Washington’s 2020 agricultural production totaled $10.2 billion, up 7 percent from the revised previous year value of $9.49 billion.
Apples remain the leading agricultural commodity in the State with a 2020 value of $2.10 billion. This is up 7 percent from the previous year. Apples represented 21 percent of the total agricultural value in 2020. In the previous year, apple’s share of the total was also 21 percent. Milk remained in the second position and had value of production totaling $1.19 billion dollars in 2020, down 7 percent from 2019. All Wheat value of production moved up one position from the previous year to third in the State rankings. Wheat value in 2020 was $949 million, up 20 percent from the previous year. Potatoes, valued at $753 million, represented the fourth highest value in the State. This was a 19 percent decrease from the previous year. Cattle and calves rounded out the top five with a value of $693 million, down 1 percent from the previous year. These five commodities had a combined value of $5.68 billion, or 56 percent of the 2020 value for all commodities (excluding government payments). The same five commodities in 2019 had a combined value of $5.67 billion, 60 percent of the total value.
A record high value of production was set for sweet cherries. Value of sweet cherry production in 2020 was $562 million, up 43 percent from the previous year and 7 percent higher than the previous record high in 2011. Egg value of production entered the top ten, with a value of $220 million in 2020, an increase of 33 percent from the previous year. There were notable commodities outside the top ten that showed significant increases in value from the previous year. The value of blueberries reached a record high value of $214 million in 2020, up 40 percent from the 2019 previous record high. All pear value of production increased 23 percent to $176 million in 2020. The value of canola, at $40.0 million, increased for the fifth consecutive year. Five of the top ten commodities declined in value from the previous year, including milk, potatoes, cattle and calves, hops, and grapes. Other notable commodities that declined in value in 2020 were onions, down 25 percent to $136 million, and sweet corn, down 14 percent to $73.9 million.
— USDA NASS
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