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High Plains will produce bulk of Texas cottonHigh Plains will produce bulk of Texas cotton

Texas cotton farmers will produce 4.1 million bales from 2013 crop, down from 5 million in 2012

Ron Smith 1

November 11, 2013

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<p> West Texas will make some good cotton from 2013 crop.</p>

The Texas Northern and Southern High Plains areas will produce about half of Texas 4.1 million bales of cotton this year. The bulk of that will come from the SHP, with 1.68 million bales.  The NHP will produce 765,000 bales. Next closest production area is the Southern Low Plains (SLP) at 445,000 bales, followed closely by the Northern Low Plains (NLP) at 390,000.


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Overall, Texas production is estimated to be off by nearly 1 million bales from 2012 production.

Planted acreage for 2013 totaled 5.75 million, off from 2012’s 6.55 million.

Average yield for 2013 is estimated at 596 pounds per acre, down from 623 pounds last year.

The SHP and NHP actually increased yield from last year. SHP producers will average 582 pounds per acre compared to 546 pounds last year. The NHP will improve from 774 pounds per acre to 885 pounds per acre. Several other areas also show improved yields but some areas saw significant decreases. The Upper Coast, the South and the Lower Rio Grande Valley averages were off significantly from last year.


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About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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