USDA Reports Nine Percent Jump in Cotton Acres for 2014
According to the USDA Acreage report released June 30, U.S. cotton acres for 2014 are up nine percent over last year.
Total cotton planted area for this year is estimated at 11.4 million acres, up from 10.4 in 2013. Upland cotton area is estimated at 11.2 million acres (up 10 percent), while Pima acres are estimated at 178,000 acres – down 11 percent.
Texas leads in overall acreage with 6.5 million acres – up 650,000 acres over last year. Mid-South states also showed strong growth this year, especially in Mississippi (up 110,000 acres), Louisiana (up 70,000 acres) and Arkansas (up 50,000 acres). Georgia also reported an 80,000 acre increase, up to 1.45 million acres.
Five states – Arizona, California, Florida, Missouri and New Mexico – reported acreage decreases for 2014.