The U.S. cotton crop is maturing quickly in most cotton producing states, but overall condition ratings for the crop are showing some slippage again, according to the USDA Crop Progress report for August 19.
The report tracks the progress of the crop during the week ending August 18.
Boll set is now reported in 85% of the U.S. crop – up 8% in the past week and right on the 5-year average for this week. In all, 13 of the 15 cotton states evaluated are on or above their individual 5-year averages.
Open bolls were reported in 24% of the crop – a 4% climb in the past week and 11% ahead of the 5-year average. Seven states showed open boll percentages greater than their average.
Crop condition continues to fluctuate from week to week. Dry, hot weather throughout most of the Cotton Belt pushed good/excellent ratings to 49% (down 7%) and poor/very poor ratings to 15% (down from 10% a week ago). Thirty-six percent of the crop was rated fair – a slight increase over the past week.