The USDA Acreage report for 2020, issued June 30, shows U.S. cotton planted acreage of 12.2 million acres – down 11% from 2019 reported acres.
The total includes 12.0 million upland cotton acres (down 11% from 2019) and 195,000 Pima acres (down 15%).
In its Prospective Planting report released on March 31, USDA projected a total of 13.7 million cotton acres for 2020, down less than 1% from 2019.
Sixteen of the 17 cotton producing states included in the report showed acreage decreases for the year. Only Kansas reported an increase – from 175,000 acres in 2019 to 195,000 acres in 2020.
From a regional perspective:
Southeast (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA): 2,450,000 acres reported for 2020 – 515,000 acres fewer than 2019.
Mid-South (AR, LA, MS, MO, TN): a total of 1,880,000 acres – a drop of 520,000 from 2019.
Southwest (KS, OK, TX): 7,450,000 reported acres for 2020 – down 427,000 acres from 2019.
West (AZ, CA, NM): 405,000 reported acres – down 88,700 acres from 2019.
Individual state numbers for cotton and other crops can be found in the report.
The report also showed that 96% of all cotton planted in the U.S. this year included biotech traits for insect and/or herbicide resistance – a 2% decrease from 2019 plantings.
Among other major crops, the report showed an overall 3% increase in corn acres, a 10% increase in soybean acres and a 2% drop in wheat acres for the year. Slight acreage increases were also reported for sorghum, rice and peanuts.
Jim Steadman is Senior Editor for Cotton Grower magazine. He has spent more than 40 years in agricultural writing and marketing.