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USDA-NASS Report Predicts 23% Increase In Cotton Production

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its August acreage report recently showing updated acreage from 14 states that were not finished planting during the agency’s initial report June 28.

The weather-related delays affected cotton planting in Arkansas.

Overall, NASS estimates cotton production will be up 23% nationwide compared to 2018.

All cotton production is forecast at 22.5 million 480-pound bales in 2019 compared to 18.4 million bales in 2018, according to NASS. Based on conditions as of Aug. 1, yields are expected to average 855 pounds per harvested acre, down 9 pounds from 2018.

Upland cotton production is forecast at 21.7 million 480-pound bales, up 24% from 2018. Pima cotton production is forecast at 790,000 bales, down 1% from 2018.

All cotton area harvested is forecast at 12.6 million acres, up 24% from 2018. All cotton planted area totaled 13.9 million acres, up 1% from the previous estimate but down 1% from 2018.

Read the complete report on NASS.

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