Texas is a big state, with many types of soils and ecosystems from the High Plains to the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast to the Piney Woods of East Texas. This diversity lends itself to many types of agricultural production.
Crops produced in Texas include corn, cotton, hay, sorghum, wheat, soybeans, sugar cane, rice, vegetables, grapefruit, peaches, oranges, sweet potatoes, potatoes, peanuts and much more.
For more information on agriculture in Texas visit: http://texasagriculture.gov/
Some interesting Texas agriculture statistics provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website:
- Texas leads the nation in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep and wool, and goats and mohair production.
- Texas leads the nation in number of farms and ranches, with 247,500 farms and ranches covering 130.4 million acres.
- Texas also leads the nation in value of farm real estate.
- Rural lands, including privately owned forest, total 144 million acres, 86% of the state’s total land area.
- 12% of Texas’ population resides in rural areas.
- 1 of every 7 working Texans (14%) is in an agriculture-related job.
- 98.5% of Texas farms and ranches are family farms, partnerships or family-held corporations.
- The average age of Texas farmers and ranchers is 59 years.
- The economic impact of the food and fiber sector totals more than $100 billion.
- Cash receipts, including timber, total $19.8 billion.
- Top 10 commodities in terms of cash receipts: cattle, cotton, milk, broilers, greenhouse & nursery, corn, wheat, timber, grain sorghum and vegetables.
- Agricultural exports to foreign countries totaled more than $6 billion.
- Texas ranks # 4 overall behind California, Iowa and Illinois.