Facts and Statistics about Texas High Plains Cotton

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 2016, the top 9 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; 25-30 percent of U.S. cotton and cottonseed; and 3-5 percent of world cotton and cottonseed.

Cottonseed Facts

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

Bale Facts: 

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)


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