USDA Updates Cotton Production Estimates

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its December crop reports today. Becky Sommer with NASS in Washington D.C. says the U.S. cotton production estimate is still down 20% from last year’s crop.

All cotton production is forecast at 15.9 million 480-pound bales, down 7% from the previous forecast, and down 20% from 2019. All cotton planted totaled 12.1 million acres, unchanged from the previous estimate but down 12% from the previous year. All cotton harvested is forecast at 9.01 million acres, down 22% from 2019.

As of November 29, 84% of the cotton acreage had been harvested, two percentage points ahead of last year and 5 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

Cotton production in Georgia is forecast at 2.3 million bales, down 16% from last year. In Alabama, production is forecast at 790,000 bales, down 23% from 2019. Florida production is expected to total 140,000 bales, 32% below last year.

In summary, all cotton production is forecast at 15.9 million 480-pound bales, down 20% from 2019.

This is Becky Sommer with the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.