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Oklahoma Cotton Crop Drops Six Percent in Anticipated Production from August to September as Farmers Abandon Acres

Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:17:43 CDT

Oklahoma Cotton Crop Drops Six Percent in Anticipated Production from August to September as Farmers Abandon Acres The latest USDA Crop Production Report showed Oklahoma's spring planted crops with mixed potential production results in September compared to the August Crop Production report- as well as when you look at 2020 versus 2019 production..

The 2020 Oklahoma Cotton Crop saw a lot of acres now expected to be abandoned compared to the August numbers- as 100,000 acres have apparently been lost since the August report. UDSA now thinks that Oklahoma Cotton producers will harvest 460,000 acres of cotton this fall compared to the 560,000 acres predicted last month. Those abandoned acres were partially offset with a significantly higher yield per acre on the fields that are still likely to be harvested. The yield improved fifteen percent in the August to September report with the latest yield pegged at 939 pounds of lint per acre- leaving an estimated 900,000 bales as the September Production estimate- the sixth largest state production this season.

The 900,000 bales is 50,000 bales less than was predicted in August- but is 36% larger than the stressed 2019 crop of 659,000 bales.

A warm end of the growing season will still be needed to successfully complete the 2020 Oklahoma cotton crop in the next thirty to forty five days.

The second largest spring planted crop in Oklahoma, after cotton, are soybeans and the USDA predicts 520,000 acres will be harvested here in 2020- up from 440,000 acres harvested in 2019- and the September yield estimate of 31 bushels per acre will produce a 15.6 million bushel crop- 22% larger than in 2019.

Oklahoma farmers will be harvesting 370,000 acres of corn this season if USDA is correct in the September report- and a 135 bushel per acre yield(five bushels up from the August estimate but two bushels under the final 2019 number) will result in a 49,950,000 bushel crop. That's ten percent higher corn crop in number of total bushels versus 2019.

Grain Sorghum has been hurt by dry conditions in August- and that resulted in a eleven bushel per acre drop in expected production from August to September- the September yield is now at 44 bushels per acre with a current estimated crop of 12.1 million bushels.

Peanut production edged higher in September versus August- with just 15,000 acres of peanuts projected to be harvested this season with an estimated production of 54,000,000 pounds- down a little over three million poounds from the 2019 crop.

Click here for the complete USDA Crop Production report that was released on Friday morning, September 11, 2020.



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