Based on the April 15 USDA Crop Planting Progress Report, the 2013 U.S. cotton crop is off to a slow start, with only eight percent of cotton acres planted to date.
The cooler, wetter weather conditions across most of the Cotton Belt states have slowed or held progress compared to a year ago, when warmer and drier spring weather pushed planting to an early start in 12 of the 15 primary cotton-producing states. Roughly 13 percent of U.S. cotton acres were reported planted by mid-April 2012.
To date, Arizona and California lead the way in planting progress, with 35 percent of acres in both states already seeded. Ten percent of Texas acres have been planted, with only minimal or no acres reported for other states where the traditional planting window for cotton is only beginning.