USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released their January crop reports today. Becky Sommer with NASS in Washington D.C. says the 2021 U.S. cotton production estimate is up 21% from 2020’s crop.
All cotton production is forecast at 17.6 million 480-pound bales, up 21% from 2020. Based on conditions as of January 1, yields are expected to average 849 pounds per harvested acre, up two pounds from the previous year. All cotton area planted is forecast at 11.2 million acres, down 7% from 2020. All cotton area harvested is forecast at 9.97 million acres, up 20% from last season.
Cotton production in Georgia is forecast at 2.25 million bales, up 3% from last year. In Alabama, production is forecast at 705,000 bales, down 4% from 2020. Florida production is expected to total 125,000 bales, 21% above last year.
In summary, all cotton production is forecast at 17.6 million 480-pound bales, up 21% from 2020.
This is Becky Sommer with the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.