Texas top commodities

These are Texas’ top commodities, based on cash receipts:

Cattle and Calves – The Lone Star State’s cattle industry ranks No. 1 in the nation. This commodity contributed $10.5 billion to the state’s economy in 2012.

Cotton – Texas ranks No. 1 in the nation for cotton production. In 2012, cotton production generated $2.2 billion in agricultural income for the state.

Dairy Products – Texas is No. 6 in milk production in the U.S., generating $1.8 billion in 2012. The state’s dairy products include milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and ice cream.

Broilers – Generating $1.7 billion in production value in 2012, Texas raised 605,500 broilers. That equaled 3.5 billion total pounds of poultry produced.

Greenhouse & Nursery – Trees, plants, shrubs, flowers and other horticultural products contributed $1.3 billion to the state’s economy in 2012.

Corn – In 2012, Texas farmers planted 1.9 million acres of corn. Corn production generated $1.2 billion in farm income in 2012.

Grain Sorghum – Texas represented 45 percent of the total grain sorghum produced in the U.S. during 2012, which is valued at $703 million.

Wheat – Texas producers planted 5.7 million acres of winter wheat in 2012. A total of 96 million bushels were harvested, a value of $653 million.

Vegetables and Melons – Texas is the nation’s eighth largest producer of fresh vegetables, generating $439 million in 2012.

Chicken Eggs – In 2012, Texas produced $439 million worth of chicken eggs. The state’s egg industry generated 1,890 jobs in 2009.

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  1. Very important information to enable agricultural students to improve on their knowledge and skills. Agricultural student Thanks.


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