Facts and Statistics about High Plains Cotton
The Texas High Plains is home to one of the great areas of concentrated cotton production in the world.
Lubbock Area/High Plains Facts:
3.7 million: The average number of cotton bales the Texas High Plains produces each year
3.7 million: The average number of cotton acres the Texas High Plains plants each year
5.6 million bales: The record for cotton bales produced on the Texas High Plains in a season
In 2015, the top 11 cotton-producing counties in the nation were within 80 miles of Lubbock.
Texas is the nation’s No. 1 cotton-producing state.
The High Plains produces two-thirds of Texas cotton and cottonseed; 20-30 percent of U.S. cotton and cottonseed; and 3-5 percent of world cotton and cottonseed.
Cotton isn’t just a fiber crop; it’s a food crop, too! Cottonseed oil is used mainly as a salad or cooking oil.
0%: Amount of trans fatty acids that non-hydrogenated cottonseed oil contains
2 million tons / 4 billion lbs: The amount of whole cottonseed produced annually in Texas; two-thirds of that amount is from the High Plains
5-8 lbs per day: The amount of whole cottonseed that is typically fed to dairy cows
One bale of cotton weighs about 500 pounds.
It takes less than a half-pound of cotton to make a large T-shirt.
The average American owns seven pairs of blue jeans.
U.S. paper money is made of 75% cotton and 25% linen. One bale can make about 300,000 $100 bills!
One bale of cotton can make:
249 Bed Sheets, or
409 Men's Sport Shirts, or
690 Terry Bath Towels, or
765 Men's Dress Shirts, or
1,217 T-Shirts, or
1,256 Pillowcases, or
2,104 Boxer Shorts, or
4,321 Mid-Calf Socks, or
21,960 Handkerchiefs, or
about 300,000 $100 Bills
(Source for what a bale of cotton can make: National Cotton Council)
Download current or past year's crop statistics by clicking on the links below:
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