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USDA Projects 9.56 Million Cotton Acres in 2016

USDA Projects 9.56 Million Cotton Acres in 2016

According to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, U.S. cotton growers will plant 9.56 million acres in 2016 – an 11% increase over last year.

The report – released on March 31 – noted that upland acres will be up 11% to 9.35 million acres, while American Pima acres will climb 36% to 215,000 acres.

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The report pointed out that, “Despite the expected increase, if realized, this will be seventh lowest planted acreage on record in the United States.”

All cotton-producing states except North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are expected to increase acres over last year. If realized, upland cotton planted area in California for 2016 will be a record low.

The projected acreage reflects a four million acre increase over earlier 2016 acreage surveys conducted by Cotton Grower and the National Cotton Council.