Texas' cotton output down 55% year-over-year to 3.5 million bales in 2011, as harvested acreage down 47% to 2.85 million acres, USDA says

AUSTIN, Texas , May 10, 2012 (press release) – These are the final estimates for the 2011 Texas cotton crop. These estimates are the results of information from Cotton Ginners reports. Our thanks to all Cotton Ginners who responded to the survey.

The 2011 Texas Upland cotton crop totaled 3.50 million bales, down 55 percent from 2010, according to the Texas Field Office. The production estimate was unchanged from the January forecast. The average yield per acre, at 589 pounds, was up 47 pounds per acre from January and down 114 pounds from 2010.

Harvested acreage for the season totaled 2.85 million acres, down 47 percent from the previous season, and down 8 percent from the January estimate. Upland cotton planted acres are unchanged from the January estimate of 7.55 million acres, and up 36 percent from the acreage planted in 2010.

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