The Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide 1929 Page: 72
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;i2 THE TEXAS ALMANAC-1929.
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proof of the undeveloped resource is in
the developing, and Texas resources have
developed phenomenally rapidly during
recent years. The scratched surface has
yielded too much to be denied a future. In
the relatively unimportant matter of for-
est production alone, Texas has gone well
on its way toward the end. That is, well
toward the end unless a forest conserva-
tion policy is adopted. Not great when
compared with farm and mineral indus-
tries, yet the lumber business has been
and still is a gigantic industry in Texas,
and it is of gigantic importance to Tex-
ans that this industry be preserved. There
are yet an estimated 17,000,000,000 board
feet of pine and 7,500,000,000 board feet
of hardwood standing in the forests of
East Texas and the annual production of
1,500,000,000 board feet of pine and hard-
wood keeps Texas among the leading
States in lumber production. Texans are
now rapidly awakening to the importance
of preserving the source of the grist for
this great industry. Some steps have
been taken by recent Legislatures.
Future Texas Agriculture.
But passing to the greater agricultural
and mining industries, what does one find
in the matter of undeveloped resources?
Texas has a total land area of 167,934,720
acres. The agricultural census of 1925
showed there were 29,368,716 acres in cul-
tivation, leaving 138,566,004 acres unculti-
vated. How much of this area is avail-
able for cultivation no one knows. Cer-
tainly it is great; the present rate of in.
crease in cultivated area is rapid.
Furthermore, it mnay not he assume
that the uncultivated land is all marginal
The good p)low lands and even marginal
lands have been utilized in stmee parts of
Texas while excellent lands have lain idle
in other parts. It seems a safe \enturt
that Texas enan double or possibly triple
its present cultivatted ncrcege. For the
last nine consecutive years Texas has
been the leading State in annual total
crop value. Twice it has pri' ueed in a
year a total crop value of more than $1,-
000,000,000; it is the only State that has
ever accomplished this feat. The average
value of the annual Texas crop including
all products is about $800.000.000. There
is no reason why Texas should not easily
raise this figure to $2,000,0(0,000 in the
comparatively near future, especially in
view of the fact in addition to new acres
Texas will greatly increase crop produc-
tion by more intensive cultivation. Comn
pared with Eastern States the use of fer-
tilizers in Texas today is small, although
a large area in the eastern portion of the
State is ideally adapted to fertilization.
The ultimate agricultural industry will
continue to lead, but other crops will as.
suime a more commanding position rela-
tively. Wheat has become an important
crop during recent years and there are
several million acres of fertile land, ex-
cellently adapted to wheat growing, lying
in pasture in the vicinity of Amarilla
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