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Another Decrease in U.S. Cotton Production Forecast

Dan Cotton, USDA-NASS

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its November crop reports. Chris Singh with NASS says the U.S. cotton production estimate is down 4 percent from last month’s report.

All cotton production is forecast at 20.8 million 480-pound bales, down 4 percent from the previous forecast but up 13 percent from 2018. Based on conditions as of Nov. 1, yields are expected to average 799 pounds per harvested acre, down 34 pounds from the previous forecast and down 65 pounds from 2018. Upland cotton production is forecast at 20.1 million 480-pound bales, down 4 percent from the previous forecast but up 14 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 1.08 million bales, up 22 percent from 2018. Florida production is expected to total a record high 215,000 bales, more than double from last year.