Cotton acreage up on good prices, high 2013 yields
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi cotton producers remain optimistic about a crop that is up significantly in acreage despite frequent planting delays.
The state is expected to plant about 400,000 acres of cotton in 2014, about 40 percent more than last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on June 15 that cotton was 98 percent planted. USDA rated 65 percent of the crop as “good” or “excellent,” but 32 percent was rated “fair.”
Darrin Dodds, Mississippi State University Extension cotton specialist, says cotton producers remain optimistic about their crop even though planting was frequently interrupted and spread out over a longer period of time. Dodds spoke to producers June 17, 2014 at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU MAFES/David Ammon)
Darrin Dodds, a Mississippi State University Extension cotton specialist, attributed the lower rating to poor growing conditions so far this season.