Missouri cotton production down on year

According to the Ag Department, as of December 1, Missouri’s cotton crop is pegged at 700,000 bales, compared to 741,000 a year ago. The yield per acre is estimated at 1,018 pounds, compared to the November 1 estimate of 975 pounds and the 2011 total of 969 pounds per acre. Harvested acreage is projected at 330,000 acres, compared to 367,000 last year. Missouri ginnings as of the first of the month are 714,200 bales, compared to 705,800 this time a year ago.

Nationally, the crop is seen at 17.257 million bales, compared to 15.573 million in 2011 with 89% of the crop harvested as of November 25. On average, yield per acre is expected to be 793 pounds per acre, compared to the November 1 guess of 802 pounds and the year ago average of 790 pounds. U.S. harvested acreage is estimated at 10.443 million acres, compared to 9.461 million in 2011. U.S. cotton ginnings as of December 1 are 12.272 million bales, compared to 13.170 million this time last year.

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