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Cotton Planting is Ahead of Schedule

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Field Crops, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

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File photo/Image credit: Planting cotton in Bacom, FL.
(Photo credit: J. Thompson, Northwest Extension District, UF/IFAS)

Last week, cotton planting progressed in many areas of the country. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says cotton planting is ahead of schedule.

But Rippey says the current pace of peanut planting is behind the 5-year average.

In Alabama, 41% of the cotton crop has been planted, which compares to 43% last year. The 5-year average is 42%. For the peanut crop, 35% has been planted, which compares to 33% last year. The 5-year average is 31%.

In Florida, 15% of the cotton crop has been planted, which compares to 19% last year. The 5-year average is 20%. For the peanut crop, 40% has been planted, which compares to 45% last year. The 5-year average is 42%.

In Georgia, 26% of the cotton crop has been planted, which compares to 37% last year. The 5-year average is 29 percent. For the peanut crop, 28% has been planted, which compares to 41% last year. The 5-year average is 36%.