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The ag rundown

Onions and pears replace Christmas trees and blueberries in top ten Oregon ag products.


by: CORY MIMMS - Acres of tree farms near Molalla. Christmas trees dropped from the top ten Oregon ag products this year.Last week, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) released the state's 2012 agriculture production values. Christmas trees dropped to number 12 on the list after several years running in the top 10. Oregon's Christmas tree market in 2012 was worth more than $102 million, up from the 2011 value of $99 million, but down on the list overall.

According to the most recent (2010) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) survey, Clackamas County has close to 17,000 acres of Christmas tree farms.

The state's entire ag production value for 2012 was a record high, at $5.4 billion. Greenhouse and nursery topped the list, adding more than $745 million.

Clackamas County's greenhouse and nursery sales were number two at $160 million. Marion County was at the top, with greenhouse and nursery sales at more than $198 million.

Clackamas County was also second on the list for caneberries, with sales at close to $11 million. Marion County topped that category as well, with $20 million in sales.

Blueberries also fell from the top ten list. They came in at number 11 at more than $107 million, down from their 2011 sales of $116 million.

Joining blueberries in their sales drop, eight other top 40 commodities fell in 2012 from their 2011 values: hay, milk, wheat, potatoes, cherries, hazelnuts, snap beans and sheep.

Oregon's top ten

Greenhouse and nursery products: $745 million

Cattle and calves: $653 million

hay: $638 million

Milk: $497 million

Wheat: $472 million

Grass seed: $411 million

Potatoes: $172 million

Pears: $134 million

Corn for grain and silage: $119 million

Onions: $115 million



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