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Texas planted cotton acreage may be down 1 million acres from last year.

Ron Smith 1, Senior Content Director

July 1, 2015

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<p>Texas cotton acreage will be surveyed again in July.</p>

Texas corn and grain sorghum planted acreage is up compared to 2014; cotton is down 1 million acres, based on the June 30 USDA Crop Report, but that figure could be revised, according to a July 1 announcement from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

The June 30 USDA Crop Report estimated cotton planted acreage down 18 percent nationwide. That figure could change with a July survey of Texas cotton plantings. The survey also will reassess soybeans in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri and sorghum in Kansas. The last NASS survey conducted in the first two weeks of June and published June 30 was conducted during a period of unsettled weather that prevented planting for farmers in those four states and with those crops.

If data collected in the July survey justifies acreage estimate changes, NASS will publish an update in the Crop Production Report to be released at noon EDT on Wednesday, August 12. It will be available online.

Current estimates for Texas cotton, corn and grain sorghum show a 150,000-acre increase in corn acreage statewide, 2.4 million acres compared to 2.25 million last year. Grain sorghum acreage will increase by 600,000 acres, 3.1 million compared to 2.5 million last year.

Cotton acreage estimates put 2015 planted acreage at 5.2 million, down from 6.2 million a year ago.

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Northern High Plains’ corn acreage estimates show an increase from 915,400 acres in 2014 to 950,000 acres this year. The Blacklands region increases from 584,300 acres to 610,000. The Northern High Plains sorghum acreage estimate is up significantly, 845,000 acres compared to 799,000 last year. Southern High Plains’ sorghum planting moves up from 404,000 acres to 465,000 in 2015.

Cotton acreage is down across the board, according to the June survey. Southern High Plains cotton acreage estimates show a drop from just over 3 million acres last year to 2.9 million in 2015. The Northern High Plains drops from 821,000 to 580,000 acres.  The Southern Low Plains acreage is estimated to be 620,000 acres, off from 650,800 in 2014. The Northern Low Plains estimated planting is 420,000 acres, down from 470,000 last year.

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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