YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Seeds of optimism planted with this year’s Texas cotton crop
By Gary Joiner
About 30% of the Texas cotton crop has been planted thus far.
Most of the remaining acreage is on the Texas High Plains. The area is the nation’s largest cotton patch—about 4 million acres strong.
And it is productive. The Texas High Plains produces 66% of our state’s cotton and cottonseed. It produces 30% of the nation’s cotton and cottonseed.
Recent moisture has given High Plains cotton growers some much-needed momentum after devastating drought. Seeds of optimism are being planted with the 2023 crop.
In 2021, Lynn County was the number-one cotton-producing county in the nation. Growers there and elsewhere on the High Plains would love another bumper crop.
It’s interesting to note U.S. paper money is made of 75% cotton and 25% linen.
There’s no doubt the High Plains economy is made of Texas cotton and area agriculture.
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