USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service released their January crop reports today, and Bianca Pruneda with NASS in Washington D.C. says 2016 cotton crop production is now estimated to be up three percent from the December forecast.
All cotton production is estimated at 17.0 million 480 pound bales, up 3 percent from the December forecast and up 32 percent from 2015. The United States yield is estimated at 855 pounds per acre, up 34 pounds from the December forecast and up 89 pounds from last year. Harvested area, at 9.52 million acres, is unchanged from the December forecast but up 18 percent from last year.
Cotton record yields are forecast in Alabama, Florida, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
Cotton production in Georgia is forecast at 2.2 million bales, down 2 percent from last month and down 2 percent from last year. In Alabama, production is forecast at 705,000 bales, down 1 percent from December but up 27 percent from last year. Florida production is expected to total 200,000 bales, up 11 percent from last month and up 31 percent from 2015.
In summary, all cotton production in the United States is forecast at 17.0 million bales in 2016, up 3 percent from last month and up 32 percent from last year.
This is Bianca Pruneda with the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.