By Julie Tomascik

Chicken wings. Peanuts. And you can’t forget the pigskins, give or take a few pounds of air. Those can mean only one thing. Super Bowl weekend.

The biggest game of the year is just a few days away.

And while New England Patriots fans pray for good passes from Tom Brady and Seattle Seahawks fans hope Russell Wilson can run the ball, I’m pulling for agriculture.

Wait. That’s not a team.

Agriculture may not get much recognition–if any–but it’s a major player in the game. And Texas agriculture is part of that role, even if the game isn’t in Texas this year.

So how exactly is agriculture involved?

Footballs. They’re made from leather. And Texas leads the nation in cattle numbers with nearly 11 million head.

Peanuts. The Lone Star State grows more than 423 million pounds of this popular snack. That’s a lot of nuts!

Land. A football field, including the end zones, takes up a pretty big chunk of land. About 1.3 acres. To compare, Texas is home to more than 130 million acres of farmland. That’s about 100 million football fields.

Chicken wings. Super Bowl weekend is unquestionably the biggest time of year for wings. Texas grows more than 100 million chickens each year, ranking sixth in the nation.

Cotton. Texas is a major cotton state. And 3.5 million bales of cotton were produced in 2011. Need a Super Bowl XLIX championship shirt? They’re made from cotton!

And maybe agriculture will make it in another commercial this year, too.

So, while I’ll be enjoying my fair share of wings, picking my favorite commercial and cheering loudly, I’ll also be rooting for agriculture.

What are your plans for the big game?

Julie Tomascik

Associate Editor

As a third generation rancher, I prefer the outdoors to the kitchen. After all, there’s no better feeling than dirt under my feet and wind whipping through my hair. But I’m slowly learning my way around the kitchen.

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