From nursery crops to cherries, production value of Oregon's leading crops has swung high and low, with some trending up, others trending down, ODA discovered.
Since 2005, Oregon has seen its first and only billion dollar ag commodity (nursery crops), only to watch it lost nearly 40% of its value. Some top 10 commodities have more than doubled in production value over the review period, while others are half what they were.
As diverse as Oregon agriculture is, there are always winners and losers in any given year, a scenario played out in the six-year review.
Newly revised figures released by the Oregon Agricultural Statistics Service include preliminary numbers for last year's production. The overall trend shows farms and ranches have bounced back from a troubling 2009 economy, but still not the previous levels of 2007-8. The preliminary 2010 production value is $4.4 billion, up 7% from 2009.
That's still down from the $4.9 billion in both 2007 and 2008. However, the trend appears to be on the upswing, observes the ODA.
The leading commodities generally continue to be unchanged. But Oregon's 2010 value of agricultural production – the total value of crops and livestock sold off the farm – includes a top ten list that has a new name and rank order that has varied from year to year.
Preliminary figures on the 2010 crop value and order of importance financially follows:
(1) Greenhouse and nursery products: $667 million.
(2) Cattle & calves: $493 million
(3) Hay: $473 million
(4) Wheat: $442 million
(5) Milk: $415 million
(6) Grass seed: $256 million
(7) Potatoes: $141 million
(8) Onions: $130 million
(9) Christmas trees: $100 million
(10) Cherries: $77 million
This is the first year cherries made the top-10 list, and for the first time in many years, pears fell off the listing.