Texas cotton farmers are poised to produce 9.3 million bales from 5.9 million acres from the 2017 crop, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates. Both of those numbers mark increases over last year with the final NASS 2016 report showing production at 8.1 million bales from 5.2 million acres.
Average yield is projected to be up slightly over last year, 757 pounds per acre compared to 748 pounds in 2016.
Planted acreage increased from 5.65 million in 2016 to 6.9 million for 2017. Abandonment is estimated at 1 million acres for the 2017 crop.
Districts 11 and 12, in the High Plains, will account for more than half of the state’s production. Combined, those districts will produce 5.6 million bales of cotton this year on 4.3 million acres.
U.S. cotton production is estimated to be 21.8 million bales, a 26.7 percent increase from 2016, and an improvement of 5.9 percent over the last estimate. NASS estimates 2017 planted acreage at 12.6 million, up 25.4 percent over last year and up 4.7 percent form the last estimate. Harvested acreage is estimated at 11.5 million, 21 percent higher than last year and a 4.1 percent bump from the last estimate.
Estimated yield for the 2017 crop is 908 bales per acre, a 4.7 percent improvement from 2016 and 1.8 percent better than the last estimate.