Cotton Development Slow

Cotton Development Slow

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

Cool weather continues to delay cotton crop development in the South.

USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, notes...

Rippey: “The cotton crop has been the big example of that with the cool, wet summer and then some ongoing wetness heading into harvest season. Just 70% of US cotton has open bolls as of October 3rd. That is behind the 5-year average of 75%. Even further behind, 81% on this date in 2020. Looking at some of the individual states, really significant delays in some southeastern states. Tennessee has just 55% of the cotton bolls open. The 5-year average is 87%, so 32 percentage points behind the average. Alabama has 64% open versus 84% on average. Contrast that with California which has been experiencing heat and dryness, 90% of the cotton bolls open there. 66% is the 5-year average.”

Cotton is rate 62% good to excellent. 6% very poor to poor. Last year the cotton crop was listed at just 40% good to excellent. Rippey says this is best looking cotton crop in terms of USDA conditions since 2004. So it is a delayed crop but Rippey says a pretty good-looking crop overall.

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