Cash Crops in Texas and Other Southern States

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One of the cash crops in Texas, called cotton.

One of the cash crops in Texas, called cotton.

One of the cash crops in Texas, called cotton.

Brooklyn Konger, Copy Editor

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Typical crops grown in Texas are cotton, grain, sorghum, and wheat, are just some of the crops in Texas. They are also known as the majority of the crops down there. There are a couple others, but those are the main ones. Some others are hay, vegetables, rice, and peanuts. Although sorghum may not sound familiar, it is a food grain for humans. In the United States, it is used for grain for livestock. The price for grain sorghum is equivalent to corn.

Most of the cotton fiber growth and production is mainly in the southern and some western states, such as Louisiana, Texas, California, Arkansas, and Mississippi. The cotton that is grown in the rest of the United States is generally in the upland part. The price of cotton varies, but on average in the upland part, it is 70 to 80 cents per pound. As many of you know, cotton is used for clothes and other types of cloths.

The current price of wheat in the U.S, is $4.4275 per bushel. That recent update was on April 13th 2017. Wheat is a grain product and is used mainly for the same use everywhere. The use is putting it in baking as flour and for many other baking needs. Wheat that can’t be milled and used as baking can be used for food for domestic animals.

Cotton is the biggest cash crop in Texas right now. This crop is making a gradual rebound in the crop industry. Cotton has led the entire country over a century for a while. Cottonseed oil is also used for cooking and in products like margarine, soap, and cosmetics. Cotton is used for clothes, and then cottonseed, which is similar, is used in some cosmetics and others listed above.

Most cash crops are used for everyday food or needs. Some of the crops are different in every state. All the uses for the crops can vary depending on the state. The main cash crops are cotton, grain, and wheat. These crops are used for many different reasons sometimes in the same state.

Article Reference:

“Texas’ Biggest Cash Crop, Cotton, Makes Gradual Rebound.” NPR, NPR, stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/07/11/texas-biggest-cash-crop-cotton-makes-gradual-rebound/. Accessed 18 Apr. 2017.

 

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