Crop statistics

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For a rational growth of agriculture, a record of the crop and livestock production and its value is necessary for current and future advices and planning. Farmers usually have less information than the commodity buyers about the detailed market information and these circumstances quite often prevent the producers from getting optimum price for their produce. In such circumstances farmers depend greatly on governmental advices for future planning. Crop statistics on acreage of land, production, previous and current stocks, current prices and predicted future prices and the value are very essential for the operation of government programs on farming.

This statistical data is very important for devising policies and programs relating to conservation, consumer protection, trade, environment and education. Statistical analysts interpret this information to project future trends and economic implications. Evaluations of future alternative methods for the farmers, agricultural businesses and policy makers can be arrived at with agricultural statistics.

rank Crop value in thousand US dollars (2012) production in metric tons (2012) Top producing country and value (2011)
1 Rice, paddy $186,667,648 722,599,583 $49.6 billion (Mainland China)
2 Cow's milk, whole, fresh $183,583,111 614,578,723 $27.6 billion (United States)
3 Cattle, meat $170,272,001 63,031,582 $30.6 billion (United States)
4 Pig, meat $167,007,794 108,641,257 $77.9 billion (Mainland China)
5 Chicken, meat $128,199,164 90,001,779 $24.4 billion (United States)
6 Wheat $84,281,536 701,395,334 $13.7 billion (Mainland China)
7 Soybeans $65,903,601 262,037,569 $21.8 billion (United States)
8 Tomatoes $58,223,483 159,347,031 $17.9 billion (Mainland China)
9 Sugar cane $56,903,836 1,800,377,642 $23.9 billion (Brazil)
10 Maize (Corn) $55,478,433 885,289,935 $26.4 billion (United States)
11 Eggs, in shell $53,998,997 65,181,280 $19.8 billion (Mainland China)
12 Potatoes $49,681,577 373,158,351 $12.6 billion (Mainland China)
13 Vegetables, not elsewhere specified $45,936,531 268,833,780 $25.3 billion (Mainland China)
14 Grapes $39,494,901 69,093,293 $5.2 billion (Mainland China)
15 Water Buffalo milk $37,673,032 95,888,113 $26.0 billion (India)
16 Cotton, lint $37,363,750 26,143,049 $9.4 billion (Mainland China)
17 Apples $31,706,244 75,484,671 $15.2 billion (Mainland China)
18 Bananas $29,721,954 107,142,187 $8.4 billion (India)
19 Cassava $24,924,197 256,404,044 $5.5 billion (Nigeria)
20 Mangos, Mangosteens, Guavas $23,338,979 38,953,166 $9.1 billion (India)
21 Sheep, meat $22,406,097 8,229,068 $5.6 billion (Mainland China)
22 Coffee $22,000,000 8,034,000 $10.0 billion (Brazil)
23 Palm oil $20,753,874 47,703,805 $9.3 billion (Indonesia)
24 Onions, dry $18,121,063 86,343,822 $5.2 billion (Mainland China)
25 Beans, dry and green $17,490,000 $6.2 billion (Mainland China)
26 Peanuts, in shell $17,226,072 40,016,584 $7.0 billion (Mainland China)
27 Olives $16,450,780 20,545,421 $6.3 billion (Spain)
28 Rapeseed $15,260,000 $3.9 billion (Canada)
29 Chilis and Peppers, green and dry $13,320,000 $7.5 billion (Mainland China)
30 Rubber $12,790,000 $3.8 billion (Thailand)
31 Tea $12,356,000 4,520,000 $4.1 billion (Mainland China)
32 Oranges $12,090,000 $3.8 billion (Brazil)
33 Cucumbers $11,580,000 $9.1 billion (Mainland China)
34 Yams $11,560,000 $7.6 billion (Nigeria)
35 Peaches, nectarines $10,920,000 $6.3 billion (Mainland China)
36 Lettuce, Chicory $10,840,000 $6.3 billion (Mainland China)
37 Cacao, Chocolate $10,200,000 4,082,000 $3.1 billion (Ivory Coast)
38 Goat, meat $9,970,000 $4.5 billion (Mainland China)
39 Sunflower seed $9,830,000 $2.5 billion (Russia)
40 Sugar beets $9,790,000 $1.6 billion (France)
41 Watermelons $9,770,000 $7.4 billion (Mainland China)
42 Buffalo, meat $9,410,000 $4.0 billion (India)
43 Asparagus $7,440,000 $6.6 billion (Mainland China)
44 Turkey, meat $7,060,000 3.4 billion (United States)
45 Carrots, Turnips $7,010, 000 $3.9 billion (Mainland China)
46 Duck, meat $6,760,000 4.6 billion (Mainland China)
47 Coconuts $6,190,000 $1.9 billion (India)
48 Tangerines $6,100,000 $3.1 billion (Mainland China)
49 Almonds $5,559,000 $2.2 billion (United States)
50 Lemons, Limes $5,310,000 $0.9 billion (Mainland China)
51 Strawberries $5,300,000 $1.8 billion (United States)
52 Walnuts $5,040,000 $2.6 billion (Mainland China)

Source:1. Food and Agricultural Organization. faostat.fao.org/site/339/default.aspx,
2.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_important_agricultural_crops_worldwide

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