3 A Ranching and Farming Region The Balcones Escarpment and Caprock Escarpment separate this region from the rest of Texas.Has a climate that is colder in winter and hotter in summer than the lands near the Gulf.Receives less rainfall than the East.Covered with grass and brush instead of trees.Many of the large cattle ranches are located here.Fort Worth is the largest city in the region.Divided into 3 geographic subsections:Cross Timbers, Grand Prairie, and the Rolling Plains.
5 The Cross TimbersMostly agricultural; peanuts, fruits, and vegetables are main crops grown here.Dairying and raising livestock are other important agricultural activities.Arlington and Denton are major cities in this region.
6 The Grand PrairieLimestone lies under the soil causing rain to soak through quickly.Because the soil fails to hold moisture long, trees are scarce throughout much of the area.Agriculture is the most important economic activity in the region.Cattle are numerous and crops grown here are wheat, peanuts, corn, grain sorghum, and cotton.Fort Worth is one of the largest cities in this section.
7 The Rolling PlainsLarge cattle ranches sprawl over many parts of the Rolling Plains.Sheep and goats graze in the drier western parts of this section.In the wetter area to the east, field crops of various kinds are grown which include cotton, grain sorghum, and wheat.Specialty crops, like peanuts and peaches, are also grown here.Largest wool-producing market in the U.S.Wichita Falls is one of the largest cities.
8 Using your pencil or pen, shade the North Central Plains region on your map.