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Chaves County Agriculture

Chaves County AG

The Chaves County agriculture community varies widely and has many different situations and challenges. The county sprawls from a highly populated urban area to small towns and from irrigated farmland to dairy farms to rangeland. Chaves County still leads the state in hay production and number of dairy cows, with many other crops and livestock produced. Water continues to play a very important role to our agriculture.

According to 2012 Census numbers, total crop production for the county exceeded $51 million. Chaves County led the state with 75,950 milk cows, resulting in over $338 million in cash receipts from milk for the year. Livestock production resulted in over $558 million in cash receipts. Chaves County ranked #1 in corn silage production with 391,000 tons and produced 391,000 tons of top quality alfalfa. In 2013, the local pecan industry produced 5.1 million pounds of pecans.

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