According to the Ag Department, Missouri cotton ginnings are ahead of last year’s pace despite harvest being slower than average.
As of October 15, 221,500 480-pound bales have been ginned in Missouri, compared to 128,300 a year ago at this time. U.S. ginnings are 3.013 million bales, compared to 3.467 million on October 15, 2011.
USDA’s most recent estimate for Missouri’s cotton crop is 650,000 running bales, compared to the 2011 total of 741,000. U.S. production is projected at 17.3 million bales, which would be an 11% year to year increase.