Lexington County Farm-City

to strengthen the understanding of farm-city connections that provide food, fiber, and shelter.

All about cotton.

  What can one bale of cotton make?
   One bale of cotton equals about 480  
One bale of cotton can make:

       215 Jeans
       249 Bed Sheets
       409 Men's Sport Shirts
       690 Terry Bath Towels
       765 Men's Dress Shirts
    1,217 Men's T-Shirts
    1,256 Pillowcases
    2,104 Boxer Shorts
    2,419 Men's Briefs
    3,085 Diapers
    4,321 Mid-Calf Socks
    6,436 Women's Knit Briefs
  21,960 Women's Handkerchiefs
313,600 One Hundred Dollar Bills

Cotton Seed and Oil

The seed from one 480-pound bale of cotton produces enough oil to cook nearly 6,000 snack sized bags of potato chips.

One 480-pound bale of cotton yields approximately 740 pounds of seed and 150 to 200 pounds of cotton gin “trash” which can be fed to cattle.

Whole cottonseed is a unique feed because it can supply protein, energy and fiber.

Cattle located near cotton fields can also graze cotton stalk residue after the harvest if temporary fencing is constructed. 

Cottonseed meal is used as a protein source for cattle, and cottonseed hulls are used primarily as roughage for cattle feed.

Boll Weevil Eradication Program

It’s illegal to plant cotton in a yard or elsewhere without a permit – Why? The Boll Weevil Eradication Program.  Farmers take great pains to keep boll weevils out of our state through the program. See the green boll weevil pheromone traps around the fields? Those are there to trap boll weevils. Less or no insecticides are used if there are no weevils found in the traps.

Cotton Stats for SC

4th Largest commodity in the state in cash receipts and the largest in crops (2012) - $235,728 million

Cotton Exports

Cotton yarn and fabric was one of the top 10 exports from SC in 2012.

SC is ranked 11th in the nation in 2012 with $179.5 million in cotton exports.

Lexington County Farm-City

Sponsors 2015

Clayton Rawl Farms, Inc.

Lexington County Farm Bureau

Lexington School District I Center for Advanced Agribusiness Research, Pelion

Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District


Price's Country Store

Roof's Basket Works, Inc.

Sandhills Young Farmer & Agribusiness Chapter


South State Bank

W. P. Law, Inc.

W. P. Rawl & Sons, Inc.

Wingard's Nursery & Garden Center