Georgia’s cotton is among the state crops suffering some of the worst effects of the wet growing season. In spite of that, the 2021 cotton crop is looking to be much better than 2020’s crop.
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says the condition of the nation's cotton crop remains good and has improved from last week.
Rippey: “Cotton condition, despite the delays in development, remains quite good. 65% good to excellent, just 6% very poor to poor. That is an improvement from last week’s numbers when we were at 64% and 8% respectively. This year’s crop is going to end up far better than what we saw for the 2020 cotton crop. At this point in the season, it was just 43% good to excellent and 24% very poor to poor. There was just a hand full of states showing double digits for very poor to poor conditions. A handful of southeastern states are affected by wetness with low double digits for very poor to poor ratings. That list includes Georgia at 10%, as well as North Carolina at 11%, and Tennessee at 12% very poor to poor.
Significant harvest activity is happening in just a few states including Texas and Louisiana. In Georgia and neighboring states, it was still too wet to get out in the fields due to hurricane activity and other rain events.