Longhorn Cattle

1. Cattle and calves – The top commodity in Texas generated $10.54 billion and accounted for 46.4 percent of agricultural cash receipts in 2012.

2. Cotton – The five million bales of cotton produced in Texas in 2012 were enough to make 1.56 trillion $100 bills. Texas ranks first in the nation in cotton production.

3. Dairy products – In 2012, Texas’ estimated 436,000 milk cows produced 9.6 billion pounds of milk and generated $1.79 billion in cash receipts.

4. Broilers – Poultry producers in Texas raised 107.3 billion broiler chickens, which resulted in $1.74 billion in cash receipts in 2012.

5. Greenhouse and nursery – Greenhouse and nursery products generated $1.26 billion in 2012, with the majority of producers growing bedding or garden plants.

6. Corn – Planted on 1.85 million acres in 2012, corn contributes 22,000 jobs to the High Plains region alone, according to a Texas A&M University study.

7. Grain sorghum – One of the nation’s leading producers of sorghum, Texas generated $703 million in 2012 from 112.1 million bushels. That amount represented 45 percent of the total produced in the nation.

8. Wheat – Texas producers grew enough wheat to make four billion commercial loaves of white bread and generated $538 million in cash receipts in 2012.

9. Chicken eggs – Twenty-one million laying hens were raised on 19,748 Texas farms in 2012, with each hen producing 250 to 300 eggs a year. Texas ranks sixth in U.S. egg production.

10. Cotton seed – Texas cotton growers produced 1.7 million tons of cottonseed that generated $372.43 million in cash receipts in 2012.

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