Cotton is harvested beginning in July in the southern part of Texas through late November in northern parts of the United States. Machines with turning rods are used to harvest cotton, which is dropped onto conveyor belts after having seeds removed. Rolling machines further process the cotton before it is packed into bales, which weigh about 500 pounds and are stored in trailers.Know More
A bale contains enough cotton to produce more than 313,000 $100 bills or more than 1,200 men's T-shirts. As of 2012, U.S. textile mills use about 3.6 million bales each year. Cotton accounts for about $27 billion in revenue for U.S. businesses, with total benefit to the U.S. economy estimated near $100 billion annually.
Cotton is planted in early February through late May. It grows in 17 southern U.S. states, stretching from Louisiana and Texas to Virginia. Around the world, China grows the most cotton as of 2012, followed by India. The United States ranks third in worldwide cotton production as of 2012.
A serious threat to cotton production is the boll weevil, a type of beetle that eats cotton flowers and buds. It is believed to be native to Central America but entered the United States in the late 1800s and began devastating crops. A program to eradicate boll weevils began in 1978 and allowed cotton production to increase significantly in many areas.Learn more about Agriculture
Crop rotation is important to cotton farmers because it promotes nutritionally balanced soil and larger harvests. Cotton places great demands on soil because it depletes many of its nutrients, especially nitrogen. This quickly renders the land unsuitable for many other crops. Regularly switching crop locations reduces the negative impact cotton has on arable ground and promotes large harvests of valuable cotton.Full Answer >
The Chippewa Tribe of Native Americans lived in the northern parts of the United States around the Great Lakes, mainly in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and still reside there as of 2015. They can also be found in the southern regions of Canada.Full Answer >
Soybean prices fluctuate because of several factors, including type of byproduct produced from soybean processing, use of genetic modification, supply and demand among farmers and citizens in the United States, and production volume of competitors in international markets. As with other crops, soybean plants vary in price and production scale each year. While some farmers grow soybeans exclusively, others produce other crops for sale too: these farmers determine the amount of soybeans they can grow annually along with other crops; this volume fluctuates from one farmer to the next, which influences the supply rate.Full Answer >
Texas leads the United States in production of oil, cattle, sheep, hay, goats and cotton. Other agricultural products include poultry, eggs, milk, wheat, rice and peanuts. In addition to oil, mining resources include sulfur, helium, salt, graphite, asphalt, bromine, natural gas and cement. Reservoirs in Texas are nearly 67 percent full as of July 2014, and the state has more than 25.5 million acre-feet of water stored.Full Answer >