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Slight Decrease in U.S. Cotton Production Forecast

Dan Cotton, Crop Forecasts, USDA-NASS

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USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released their October crop reports today, and Chris Singh with NASS in Washington D.C. says the U.S. cotton production estimate is down slightly from last month’s report.

All cotton production is forecast at 21.7 million 480-pound bales, down 1 percent from the previous forecast but up 18 percent from 2018. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 833 pounds per harvested acre, down 6 pounds from the previous forecast and down 31 pounds from 2018. Upland cotton production is forecast at 21.0 million 480-pound bales, down 1 percent from the previous forecast but up 19 percent from 2018.

Cotton production in Georgia is forecast at 2.7 million bales, up 38 percent from last year. In Alabama, production is forecast at 1.06 million bales, up 19 percent from 2018. Florida production is expected to total a record high 215,000 bales, more than double last year.

In summary, all cotton production is forecast at 21.7 million 480-pound bales, up 18 percent from 2018. This is Chris Singh with the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.