USDA Projects 13.5 Million Cotton Acres for 2018
In its annual Prospective Plantings Report, issued on March 29, USDA estimates the planted area for all U.S. cotton in 2018 at 13.5 million acres – a 7% increase over 2017.
Upland cotton area is estimated at 13.2 million acres, up 7% from last year. American Pima/ELS cotton area is estimated to grow by 4% to 262,000 acres.
Acreage increases are projected in 15 of the 17 cotton producing states in the U.S. Only Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia showed slight decreases. The largest state acreage estimates came from Texas (7.3 million acres) and Georgia (1.45 million acres).