The 2014 cotton crop is fruiting quickly and is right in line with the five-year averages for this date, according to the USDA Crop Progress report for the week ending July 13.
Seventy percent of the crop is now squaring – a 17 percent increase in the past week. Most states reported double-digit increases in squaring, led by Virginia with a 37 percent jump (43 to 80 percent). Texas and South Carolina also reported 23 percent increases in squaring.
All cotton-producing states are now reporting boll set. Overall, boll set jumped 12 percent in the past week to 24 percent. The report shows that many states showed increases of 20 percent or more, led by Arkansas with a 49 percent increase. California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina also showed increases of 20 to 25 percent.
The squaring total is only four percentage points behind the five-year average, while boll set now sits only one percentage point off the five-year total.
Overall crop condition remains relatively unchanged, with 86 percent of U.S. cotton rated fair, good or excellent.