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USDA: 2021 cotton plantings expected to drop less than 1%

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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.