USDA Says Cotton Planting Nearly Complete, Early Crop in Good Shape
Cotton growers in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas continued their catch-up planting pace in the past week, with each state now at or above their five-year average for planted acres for this date.
The USDA Crop Progress report for June 8 showed the continued impact of timely rains in the Southwest cotton regions. Texas acres jumped 23 percent to 85 percent planted. Kansas growers planted 16 percent more acres in the past week (now at 82 percent), while Oklahoma acres showed a 29 percent bump in planted acres (now at 70 percent).
Nearly all other cotton-producing states have finished or are wrapping up planting. Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi showed double-digit increases in the past week to put them back in line with their five-year averages.
Overall, 89 percent of the 2014 cotton crop is now in the ground.
Cotton squaring is also reported in all but two of the major cotton-producing states. Overall, squares are reported in eight percent of the crop – just two percent off of the five-year average, according to USDA.
The first cotton condition report was also issued this week, showing that 87 percent of the U.S. crop is currently rated fair to excellent.