Cotton Harvest Progress

Cotton Harvest Progress

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

The USDA has released its final cotton crop progress report for the 2021 season.

The cotton crop harvest has been extremely active as the season wraps up.

USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says the cotton harvest has advanced at a very fast rate.

Rippey: “ ..another 10 percentage points during the week to reach 85% completion overall by Sunday, November 28th. What a difference from a few weeks ago when we were languishing on both crop development and crop progress.

He says the pace of the nation’s cotton harvest is now significantly ahead of the five-year average and ahead of last year.

In Alabama, 85% of the cotton was harvested by the last survey. That’s slightly less than the 88% last year. Alabama’s 5-year average is 86%.

In Georgia, 76% of the cotton crop has been harvested, which compares to 79% last year and 83% is the 5-year average.

In Florida, 75 percent of the cotton crop has been harvested, which compares to 68 percent last year and 72 percent is the 5-year average

All cotton production is forecast at 18.2 million 480-pound bales, up 1 percent from the previous forecast and up 25 percent from 2020. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 880 pounds per harvested acre, up 9 pounds from the previous forecast and up 33 pounds from 2020.

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