Cotton acres decline while rice rises
June 30, 2020 By John Perkins Filed Under: Arkansas, Crops, Missouri, News, Tennessee, USDA
The USDA says cotton producers planted fewer acres this year, while rice acreage was up modestly. Upland cotton came out at 11.990 million acres, 1.551 million lower than 2019, on higher supplies, lower prices, and decreased water availability in California, pushing planted area for all types to a record low for that state. Planted area for all types of rice was 2.921 million acres, 381,000 above a year ago, with a 32% jump in long grain varieties, including a 23% year to year increase in Arkansas, the top long grain producer. The USDA’s next set of supply, demand, and production estimates is out July 10th. Acreage comparisons for Brownfield states: Arkansas: Cotton: Planted area of 500,000 acres, down 120,000 from 2019; Rice: Planted area of 1.431 million acres, up 275,000 from 2019; Harvested area of 1.401 million acres, up 275,000 from 2019 Missouri: Cotton: Planted area of 310,000 acres, down 70,000 from 2019; Rice: Planted area of 219,000 acres, up 32,000 from 2019; Harvested area of 214,000 acres, up 41,000 from 2019 Tennessee: Cotton: Planted area of 350,000 acres, down 60,000 from 2019
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