USDA: Planted Cotton Acres Up 20% in 2017
This year’s planted area for U.S. cotton is reported at 12.1 million acres – 20% above last year – based on USDA’s 2017 Planted Acres report, issued June 30.
Upland cotton area is estimated at 11.8 million acres – up 19% from 2016 – while American Pima area is estimated at 252,000 acres, up 30% from 2016.
Acreage increases were reported for all cotton growing states, with the exception of Florida, which showed a nearly 13% drop in cotton acres for 2017.
All areas, by region, showed healthy growth in planted acres over 2016 numbers:
- Southeast (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA): Up 18%, from 2.2 million acres to 2.6 million acres.
- Mid-South (AR, LA, MS, MO, TN): Up 21%, from 1.5 million acres to 1.8 million acres.
- Southwest (KS, OK, TX): Up 19%, from 6.0 million acres to 7.1 million acres.
- West (AZ, CA, NM): Up 32%, from 408,000 acres to 537,000 acres.
Complete state-by-state and crop-by-crop details from the 2017 Planted Acres report can be found online.