Southwestern Scale has played a vital role in the farming and dairy industries in Arizona and the SW US since its inception. Not only will you find our name throughout the extensive dairy industry in the form of the Sidewinder Truck Scale, we are also deeply integrated throughout all levels of the market. Dairy, farming and agriculture continues to thrive and is the one of the primary bases of our local economy. We are proud to be part of this history and a key contributor to its long term success.
Southern California and Arizona serve a year round crop growth environment. Agriculture is a $9.2 billion industry for the state of Arizona
- The top agricultural crop commodities in Arizona are lettuce, cotton and hay. Lettuce production represents 14% of the state’s total farm receipts. Yuma, Arizona is the winter lettuce capitol of the world. Cotton produced 553,950 bales representing 6% of total farm receipts for the state. Hay is 5% of farm receipts.
- Arizona grows enough cotton each year to make more than one pair of jeans for every person in the United States.
- The top agricultural crop exports are vegetables, hay, cotton, and cottonseed.
- Arizona ranks 2nd nationally in its production of cantaloupe & honeydew melons, head & leaf lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and lemons.
- Arizona alfalfa yield led the nation at 8.3 tons per acre, compared to 3.4 tons nationally.
- Cattle & calves and dairy goods are Arizona’s most valuable farm products, with cattle & calves representing 18% of total farm receipts and dairy products 20%.
- There are approximately 1 million head of cattle & calves producing 386 million pounds of beef annually.
- There are 186,000 milk cows in the state with a yearly milk production of 23,382 pounds per cow.
- Arizona has over 165,000 hogs, and 150,000 head of sheep and lambs.
- The state has, on average, 1,600,000 laying hens which produce over 5.8 billion eggs a year.
- Arizona Stats Pdf