- South Plains
The South Plains is a region in West
Texascomprising the area north of the Caprock Escarpmenton the Llano Estacado, and extending north into the Texas Panhandle, centered at Lubbock. While prominent in the area of petroleumproduction, the South Plains is mainly an agriculturalregion, producing a great percentage of the nation's cottonand possessing numerous large cattleranches. The South Plains is also home to several colleges and universities, the largest being Texas Tech Universityin Lubbock.
The South Plains region includes 23 counties:
The northernmost four (Parmer, Castro, Swisher, and Briscoe) are also considered to be part of the
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Cotton is the most common crop grown in South Plains region. In 2004 and again in 2005, records were broken for cotton production. [http://www.cropinsurance.org/new/news/121905.htm] In an extended area comprising 31 counties in and near the South Plains, more than a million bales of cotton were harvested in 2005. This makes the South Plains the world’s largest cotton-producing region.
* [http://www.cotton.org/econ/world/detail.cfm National Cotton Council of America: United States Cotton Production]
* [http://www.pecad.fas.usda.gov/cropexplorer/ USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Crop Explorer] .
There are many businesses and organizations that use “South Plains” as part of their name, helping to form the South Plains regional identity. These include
South Plains Collegein Levelland; the Panhandle-South Plains Fairheld annually in Lubbock; the South Plains Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross; South Plains Councilof the Boy Scouts of America; and numerous other public and private organizations.
The South Plains is a smaller region within the
Llano Estacado. Residents of the South Plains claim residency in both regions.
List of geographical regions in Texas
* [http://www.southplainsfair.com/ South Plains Fair]
* [http://lubbock.redcross.org/ South Plains Regional Chapter, American Red Cross]
* [http://www.southplainscouncil.org South Plains Council]
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