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U.S. cotton production down in 2020

The USDA says upland cotton production for 2020 was 14.061 million bales, a drop of 5.166 million from 2019. That was because of lower harvested and planted area, which canceled out a year-to-year increase in national yield. 2019 planted area was 13.507 million acres with harvested area of 11.497 million, while 2020 planted area was 11.89 million acres with harvested area of 8.081 million. The 2019 yield was 819 pounds per acre, rising to 835 in 2020.

This year’s production for all types of cotton is projected at 17 million bales, with planting ongoing and the possibility of increased acreage because of uncertainties about India’s crop due to COVID-19.

The USDA’s next set of supply and demand estimates is out June 10th.

Year to year comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: 1.277 million bales, compared to 1.506 million in 2019; average yield of 1,179 pounds per acre, compared to 1,185 the previous year; harvested area of 520,000 acres, compared to 610,000 the year before

Missouri: 684,000 bales, compared to 915,000 in 2019; average yield of 1,144 pounds per acre, compared to 1,193 the previous year; harvested area of 287,000 acres, compared to 368,000 the year before

Tennessee: 611,000 bales, compared to 960,000 in 2019; 1,066 pounds per acre, compared to 1,138 the previous year; harvested area of 275,000 acres, compared to 405,000 the year before

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