Good News and Bad News with Cotton Crop

Good News and Bad News with Cotton Crop

Tim Hammerich
Tim Hammerich
News Reporter
This is Tim Hammerich with your Southeast Regional Ag Report.

Good news and bad news on the cotton crop this year. The good news is that yields per acre are expected to be a record high, but the acres and total production are down sharply.

Here is USDA Deputy Chief Economist Cindy Nickerson.

Nickerson… “We have production forecast at 17 million 480 pound bales, which is down just a 10th of a percent from last month, but down a little greater from 2019: 14.4%. And this is due to significantly fewer acres, both planted and harvested, with the harvested acres projected down 23%.”

But, Nickerson says, there’s good news: record high yields.

Nickerson… “Yields are still expected to average a record high at 909 pounds per harvested acre, just down slightly from the expected yield last month. And we know that all cotton harvested areas forecast at 9 million acres, no change from last month, but down 22.5% year over year.”

The southeast contributed substantially to that drop in acreage, planting an estimated 515,000 acres fewer than last year. In many instances these cotton acres were replaced by increased acres of corn, soybeans and peanuts.

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