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U.S. Cotton Production Forecast Up 25 Percent from Last Year

Dan Cotton, USDA-NASS

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USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released their November crop reports today, and Becky Sommer with NASS in Washington D.C. says the U.S. cotton production estimate is up 25 percent from last year’s crop.

U.S. Cotton Production Forecast Up 25 Percent from Last Year

 All cotton production is forecast at 18.2 million 480?pound bales, up 1 percent from the previous forecast, and up 25 percent from 2020. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 880 pounds per harvested acre, up 9 pounds from the previous forecast and up 33 pounds from 2020. All cotton area harvested is forecast at 9.92 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast, but up 20 percent from 2020.

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As of October 31, sixty?two percent of the cotton acreage was rated in good to excellent condition, compared to 37 percent at the same time last year. Forty?five percent of the cotton acreage had been harvested by October 31, six percent behind last year and 3 percent behind the 5?year average.

Cotton production in Georgia is forecast at 2.3 million bales, up 6 percent from last year. In Alabama, production is forecast at 755,000 bales, up 3 percent from 2020. Florida production is expected to total 130,000 bales, 26 percent above last year.

In summary, all cotton production is forecast at 18.2 million 480-pound bales, up 25 percent from 2020.

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