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December Crop Production Report

Published Dec. 14, 2011 @ 6 a.m.

The 2011 Texas Upland cotton crop is expected to total 3.7 million bales, 4 percent less than last month and 53 percent less than in 2010. Yield is expected to average 555 pounds, a reduction of 23 pounds from last month, and 148 pounds less than last year. Objective yield data show boll weight to be the lowest since 2000. Acreage expected for harvest is estimated at 3.2 million acres, down 40 percent from 2010.

Production on the Southern High Plains is estimated to total 1.14 million bales, down 70 percent from last year’s production. Average yield, at 460 pounds per acre, is 203 pounds less than a year ago. Acreage expected for harvest in the Southern High Plains is at 1.19 million acres, a decrease of 1.6 million acres from last year.

The Northern High Plains crop, estimated at 790,000 bales, is 47 percent less than last year. Average yield, at 583 pounds per acre, is 369 pounds less than a year ago. Acreage expected for harvest in the Northern High Plains is at 650,000 acres, a decrease of 95 acres from 2010. In the Low Plains, production is at 330,000 bales, 68 percent less than last year. Average yield at 566 pounds per acre, is 11 pounds more than a year ago. The Low Plains expects to harvest 280,000 acres, down 604,000 acres from 2010.

U.S. Highlights: United States Upland cotton production is forecast at 15.1 million pound bales, down 14 percent from 2010. Upland cotton harvested area, at 9.56 million acres, is unchanged from last month but down 9 percent from last year. If realized, the abandonment will be the highest on record.

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