The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its perspective planting report for 2021, and it shows U.S. cotton growers plan to plant about 12.03 million acres — or less than a 1% reduction nationwide compared to 2020.
Upland area is estimated at 11.9 million acres, up slightly from 2020. American Pima area is estimated at 142,000 acres, down 30% from 2020.
The estimates are based on surveys conducted earlier this year where USDA asked growers how many acres they planned to plant.
Planted acreage in Texas, the largest cotton-producing state, is expected to remain at 6.82 million acres in 2021, slightly less than the 6.83 million acres planted in 2020.
Growers in Georgia, which ranks as the No. 2 cotton state, say they plan to plant 1.2 million acres, or slightly more than the 1.19 million acres planted in 2020.
Read the complete report on the USDA-NASS website.