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Oregon crops top $5 billion in value; beef leads way

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PORTLAND, OR (AP) -

For the second year in a row, beef is Oregon's No. 1 agricultural commodity.

The state Department of Agriculture this week released the list of Oregon's top 10 crop values for 2015.

Cattle and calves brought in $914 million, edging greenhouse and nursery products for the top spot. Rounding out the top 10 were hay, milk, grass seed, wheat, potatoes, pears, wine grapes and onions.

The list is similar to 2014, except onions replaced hazelnuts.

Outside the top 10, three commodities that have shown tremendous growth in the last decade are blueberries, eggs and apples. Ag Department spokesman Bruce Pokarney says the growing popularity of ciders is perhaps why the value of production for apples has spiked 131 percent since 2005.

The state produces more than 220 agricultural commodities and the overall crop value for 2015 was $5.4 billion.

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