Eighty-eight percent of the U.S. cotton crop had been planted as of June 9, based on this week’s USDA crop plantings report, placing progress only four percentage points behind the four-year average.
Growers in Kansas and Oklahoma continue to work to make up lost time due to weather issues, but both states showed solid progress in plantings over the past week. All other Cotton Belt states range from 85-to-100 percent complete, according to the report.
Six percent of this year’s crop is now squaring, while the majority of cotton acres are just now emerging due to delayed planting. Seventy-nine percent of the crop is rated Fair to Excellent in this week’s report, with 21 percent rated Poor to Very Poor.