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Carter County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

Agriculture

Agriculture Links

County Cattlemen's Association Meeting

Originally part of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory prior to statehood, Carter County is located on the "sunny side of the Arbuckle Mountains" in south-central Oklahoma.

Forages, beef cattle and pecan production dominate agriculture in Carter County.  Of the 373,000 acres of farmland, 214,000 acres are in permanent pasture or native range, 38,800 acres are wooded and 110,000 acres are dedicated cropland.

The 110,000 cropland acres are predominately small grains, used primarily for winter grazing and hay.  Small acreages are devoted to peanuts, corn, sorghum and soybeans.

The soil profile is mostly loamy, sandy, nearly level to sloping soils on uplands but ranges from very shallow, steeply sloping soils with rocky outcrops in the Arbuckle Mountains, to deep, loamy soils located on the flood plains of the Washita River, Caddo, Hickory, Walnut and Wildhorse creeks.

Agriculture is a very significant sector of the local economy, approaching approximately $30 million in sales of agricultural inputs and production annually.  The secondary or indirect impact of associated sales and purchases, such as transport, distribution and employment has been shown to more than double the direct impact on the local economy.  Factor analysis and other mathematical techniques show that a little less than 36% of the total employment and 29% of the total income in Carter County is attributed to agriculture.

Contact:  Leland McDaniel, Extension Educator & CED
              leland.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

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