YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Texas is cotton country
By Gene Hall
It snows in Texas. In the summer. When cotton makes its annual appearance from the South Plains all the way to South Texas.
Suited for arid climates cotton is pure, beautiful fluff. But its economic and social impact is rock solid.
Long an economic staple of the Lone Star State, cotton is a major driver bringing in $2.2 billion annually for Texas, the top cotton state.
Where does it all go?
To clothes. Cool, crisp and stylish. That new pair of jeans, flowing dress and comfortable T-shirt are all made with cotton.
But it’s not just for apparel. Cotton is also used for home furnishings. It’s the dominant fiber in towels and washcloths and is popular in bed sheets and pillowcases. It’s also used in plastics, paper products and cosmetics.
The seed, shell and oil are palatable and serve as feed for livestock and oil for cooking.
Cotton is durable and drought-tolerant. It’s made for Texas. A relationship grown to last.
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