Soybeans Still King in Ohio
The USDA Economic Research Service has released the state fact sheet for Ohio. It contains frequently requested data including: data on population, per-capita income, earnings per job, poverty rates, employment, unemployment, farm and farm-related jobs, farm characteristics, farm financial characteristics, top agricultural commodities, top export commodities, and the top counties in agricultural sales.
Obviously, I am particularly interested in the agricultural information. Let’s have a look at the data.
Table 1. Ohio Agricultural Commodities
|Top 5 agriculture commodities, 2007|
|Value of receipts
|Percent of state total
|Percent of US value|
|3. Dairy products||985,050||14.3||2.8|
|5. Chicken eggs||483,441||7.0||7.2|
Soybeans are king in Ohio, and in Van Wert County soybean acres outnumber corn acres nearly two to one. I was surprised to see corn so close to soybeans in terms of value of receipts; I would have expected soybeans to be significantly higher than corn. We are not nearly as competitive in producing corn as our neighbors to the west (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, etc.) so we focus on our key strength: soybeans.
Table 2. Ohio Agricultural Exports
|Top 5 agriculture exports, estimates, FY 2007|
|Rank among states||Value
|1. Soybeans and products||5||828.0|
|2. Feed grains and products||9||453.6|
|4. Wheat and products||11||269.8|
|5. Live animals and meat||20||59.1|
Table 1 and Table 2 go hand-in-hand. As you can see by the exports our soybeans and soybean products dwarf the other exports. Thanks in part to support from the Ohio Soybean Association and the Ohio Soybean Council we’ll hopefully be able to continue with these very strong export numbers for soybeans.
The full data set is available here: http://www.ers.usda.gov/StateFacts/OH.htm