Bloomberg: Texas farmers gear up to plant crops

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by Deborah Kostroun / Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Cotton farmers in Central and West Texas are gearing up to plant their crop over the next month or so if they can survive the drought. But fewer farmers are looking to plant cotton as they focus on planting grains -- which could make them more money. The government said cotton planting may drop 19 percent this year as farmers look to those more profitable crops. Less cotton also means that clothing like t-shirts, socks and jeans, may be about to get more expensive. Higher cotton prices could put pressure on suppliers of denim to retailers, like the GAP, or Levi Strauss, to raise prices.

How healthy are Texans? The latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index looked at the healthy habits of Texans based on eating habits and exercise. The group says Texas ranks 27th out of 50 states in overall well being. Among the nine major metropolitan areas, Austin is the healthiest city in the state, with El Paso coming in second and Dallas coming in third. Houston and San Antonio rounded out the top five.

If you like salmon, get ready to pay more for it. Rabo-Bank says prices for salmon are headed for a record this year because colder sea temperatures in Norway will affect output at a time when there's more demand for the fish. 

 

 

 

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