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
A cotton fiber comes from cells located on the outside of a fertilized cottonseed. The fiber stretches out from the seed and reaches its longest length after 15 to 25 days. Once it stops growing, the fiber fills with cellulose to gain strength.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 >
The largest cattle ranch in the United States is the Deseret Ranches, spread across Osceola, Orange and Brevard Counties in Florida. Deseret Ranches is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Full Answer >
Kansas produces the most wheat in the United States, with a production of 276.5 bushels in 2011, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. The state in second place was North Dakota, which produced around 200 million bushels of wheat in 2011, and Montana ranked third.Full Answer >