Oklahoma Cotton Crop Tops a Million Bales- Making Sooner State Fourth Largest Cotton Producing State in 2017Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:00:12 CST
The November Crop Production Report from USDA pushed Oklahoma further into uncharted territory as the state is now the fourth largest cotton producting state in the country, with a November first estimated crop of 1.1 million bales. In the last couple of years, cotton acreage in the state has ramped up- and the 2017 season will see 555,000 acres of cotton harvested in the state, up from 290,000 acres in 2016 and 205,000 acres in 2015.
The yield jumped 101 pounds of lint per acre from October to November in the USDA estimates- and that pushed the state total production to 1.1 million bales. Last year- the crop ended up being 617,000 bales, while in 2015- we ginned 374,000 bales of cotton from Oklahoma fields.
If realized, the 2017 cotton crop production is 778% higher than a year ago.
Click here for the complete USDA November Crop Production Report- which also details a record corn yield of 175.4 bushels per acre.
You can also review the Oklahoma and Texas Crop data in more detail by clicking here for the regional Crop Production numbers.
Earlier this week, we talked with OSU Extension Cotton Specialist Dr. Randy Boman about the 2017 crop- and you can hear that conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below. Boman says one of hte key reasons that we have increased production as well as the quality of the fiber being produced is the continually improving genetics and crop production systems available to producers
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