Texas High Plains cotton growers remain on pace to produce one of the largest crops in the region’s history, according to the latest upland cotton production estimates released earlier this week by the National Agricultural Statistics Service in their December report.
Estimates for the region now are at 5,570,000 bales, up 175,000 bales from the November NASS report. The Northern High Plains is expected to produce almost 50 percent more cotton than in 2016 – from 1,524,000 bales to 2,230,000 in 2017, and the Southern High Plains is expected to produce 3,340,000 bales, which is down slightly from 2016.
Yield per acre for the Northern High Plains is 927 pounds, and 697 for the Southern High Plains. Harvested acres remain at 1,155,000 in the NHP and decreased by 20,000 from the November report to 2,300,000 in the SHP. The abandonment rate remains at about 20 percent.
Statewide, the production number increased to 9.5 million bales, up 400,000 from the projected 9.1 million in the November report. The nationwide estimate for upland cotton remained at 20.7 million bales, same as in the November report and up 25 percent from 2016.