Michigan Fast Facts for Today
- Beans - Michigan is known throughout the world as a top producer of dry edible beans ? with more than 2500 bean growers, contributing over $120 million to the state?s economy.
- Sugar Beets - Michigan ranks #5 in the nation in sugar beet production. Michigan's Saginaw Valley and Thumb area to the southeast corner of the state, produces more than 90% of the sugar beets grown east of the Mississippi River.
- Michigan also ranks first in the production of blueberries and navy beans, cranberry beans, and black turtle beans.
- Apples -- Michigan is the third-largest apple producing state in the nation. In 2014, Michigan will harvest an estimated 28.74 million bushels of apples, gathered from more than 9.2 million apple trees covering 36,500 acres on 850 family-run farms. Apples are one of the largest and most valuable fruit crops in Michigan.