Last week’s rain in the Mid-South pushed harvest numbers below the 5-year averages for several states. But that didn’t keep several of those same states from big increases in harvested acres, according to the USDA Crop Progress report for October 28.
Across the Cotton Belt, 46% of U.S. cotton fields have been harvested – up 6% in the past week and still 3% ahead of the national 5-year average. But the biggest jumps in harvest percentage were reported in Missouri (up 17%), California (up 15%), Alabama (up 13%), and Arkansas and Mississippi (both up 10%).
Open bolls are reported across 95% of the U.S. cotton acres.
Crop condition continued its normal weekly shifts, with 40% of the crop rated good/excellent, 40% rated fair and 20% rated poor/very poor.