A slight slippage in overall crop condition for U.S. cotton shows up in USDA’s Crop Progress report for the week ending July 28.
Overall, the U.S. remains in great shape, with 61% rated good/excellent and 28% rated fair. Yet fields rated poor/very poor added an overall percentage point in the past week (now at 11%), with slippages reported in Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
Squaring is now noted at 86% across the Cotton Belt – an 8% increase in the past week and now just one percentage point behind the 5-year average for this date. Seven states – Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia – remain on or ahead of average this week.
Boll set across the Belt climbs to 45% – up 12% in the past week and now only three percentage points behind the 5-year average – with six states (Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina and Texas) running on or ahead of average.