August Crop Production
Cotton yields are down but production is up according to the latest crop production report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Bain: “The cotton production forecast is up 18% from 2020 due to a 25% rise in area harvested. A significant increase in cotton production.”
Rod Bain with the USDA News Service:
Georgia cotton production totaled 928 pounds per acre, an increase of 4.6% year over year.
Alabama cotton production totaled 924 pounds per acre up 17%.
Florida production was 764 pounds per acre up 43%
All cotton production is forecast at 17.3 million 480-pound bales, up 18 percent from 2020. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 800 pounds per harvested acre, down 47 pounds from 2020. All cotton area harvested is forecast at 10.4 million acres, up 25 percent from 2020.
Rod Bain reports total corn and soybean production are also up.
Bain:” Month over month increases for corn and beans were 4% and 5% respectively. Corn yields rose 2.6 bushels from July, now at almost 175 bushels per harvested acre. Soybeans yields were lowered by 0.2% from the previous month. The bean production in August is attributed to a 5% year over year increase in area harvested.”
Georgia’s 2021 corn production is forecast at 170 million bushels per acre, down 5.6% year over year. Alabama corn production is forecast at 165 million bushels up 4.4%.