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Cotton production up on month, rice down

The USDA has increased its outlook for this year’s upland cotton crop, while cutting the estimate for rice.

Upland cotton production is expected to be 18.509 million bales, up 1.281 million bales from August, with an average yield of 890 pounds per acre, a jump of nearly 100 pounds on the month, which canceled out reductions in planted and harvested acreage totals. Harvested area for all types of cotton is seen at 11.19 million acres, with harvested upland area at 9.8 million acres. In 2020, upland cotton production was 14.608 million bales, with an average yield of 847 pounds per acre and harvested area of 8.275 million acres.

Rice production is projected at 190.499 million tons, 6.61 million less than last month due to lower acreage numbers, which canceled out a boost in the average yield guess, from 7,544 pounds per acre in August to 7,623 tons in September. Planted area came out at 2.54 million acres, with harvested area at 2.499 million acres. A year ago, production was 227.583 million hundredweight, with an average yield of 7,619 pounds per acre and harvested area of 2.987 million acres.

The USDA says these numbers might not fully reflect damage from Hurricane Ida in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Cotton: 1.15 million bales, compared to 1.277 million in 2020; average yield of 1,174 pounds per acre, compared to 1,161 a month ago and 1,179 a year ago; harvested area of 470,000 acres, compared to 520,000 last year; Rice: 89.85 million hundredweight, compared to 108.107 million in 2020; average yield of 7,500 pounds per acre, unchanged from both a month ago and a year ago; harvested area of 1.198 million acres, compared to 1.441 million last year

Kansas: Cotton: 225,000 bales, compared to 300,000 in 2020; average yield of 1,069 pounds per acre, compared to 1,168 a month ago and 783 a year ago; harvested area of 101,000 acres, compared to 184,000 last year

Missouri: Cotton: 850,000 bales, compared to 611,000 in 2020; average yield of 1,316 pounds per acre, compared to 1,228 a month ago and 1,144 a year ago; harvested area of 310,000 acres, compared to 287,000 last year; Rice: 15.52 million hundredweight, compared to 15.522 million in 2020; record expected average yield of 8,000 pounds per acre, compared to 7,700 a month ago and 7,250 a year ago; harvested area of 194,000 acres, compared to 214,000 last year

Tennessee: Cotton: 590,000 bales, compared to 611,000 in 2020; average yield of 1,049 pounds per acre, compared to 1,031 a month ago and 1,066 a year ago; harvested area of 270,000 acres, compared to 275,000 last year

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