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Cotton lint production of the states

2012 cash receipts: Crops: Cotton lint

The fibers that grow from the seeds of a cotton plant are referred to as cotton lint. Cotton lint fibers are used to make cotton thread and fabric.

With Texas in the lead, followed by Georgia and California, the big three produce over 1/2 of the country's cotton cash receipts.

The table below lists 2012 cash receipts for cotton in order by value and shows each state's contribution to the U.S. whole by percentage.

Rank State Value ($1,000) % of total U.S. cotton lint receipts
1. Texas 1,851,947 25.06%
2. Georgia 1,146,318 16.51%
3. California 887,807 12.02%
4. MIssissippi 584,629 7.91%
5. Arkansas 547,562 7.41%
6. North Carolina 413,144 5.59%
7. Tennessee 347,291 4.70%
8. Missouri 327,723 4.44%
9. Alabama 282,891 3.83%
10. South Carolina 212,412 2.88%
11. Louisiana 176,661 2.39%
12. Florida 77,526 1.05%
13. Virginia 69,331 0.94%
14. Oklahoma 61,218 0.83%
15. Kansas 29,510 0.40%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The numbers listed for "Value ($1,000)" represent the value of the cotton lint in thousands of dollars. For example, a number listed as 450,000 (four hundred and fifty thousand) equates to an actual value of $450,000,000 (four hundred and fifty million dollars).

Note: Data are not collected by the Economic Research Service in surveys for some minor commodities and for some minor producing states for commodities that are surveyed. This is why percentages do not always add up to 100% and all states that produce a product may not be listed.

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