The condition of the U.S. cotton crop continues to be a game of compare and contrast, according to numbers from USDA’s August 26 Crop Progress report.
Sporadic rain showers and continued hot, dry weather across the Cotton Belt continue to contribute to great conditions in some geographies…and not so great in others.
Overall, 43% of the U.S. crop is rated good/excellent – down 6% in the past week. Fair ratings climbed to 40% – up 4%. Yet the poor/very poor ratings continued to slide, with 17% of the crop now falling into that category.
Getting a bit more specific, Texas shows only a 43% good/excellent rating as well as a 21% poor/very poor rating. Good/excellent ratings highlight the report for Virginia (88%), Arkansas (81%), Louisiana (71%) and Tennessee (68%), while on the flip side, poor/very poor numbers reflect problems in Missouri (21%) and North Carolina (18%), among other states.
The weekly report also showed boll set now in 90% of the U.S. crop – up 5% in the past week, with 12 states at or ahead of their 5-year averages for the date. Open bolls were reported in 28% of the crop, led by Arizona (50%), Texas (34%), Louisiana (33%) and Georgia (30%).