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Oklahoma 4th-leading cotton producer in US: NASS statistics
Dec '17
Oklahoma state is now the fourth-leading producer of cotton in the United States with an estimated crop of 1.1 million bales, the US Department of Agriculture November crop production report indicates. The 2017 cotton season will see 555,000 acres of cotton harvested in the state compared to 290,000 acres in 2016 and 205,000 acres in 2015.

From an overall cotton production standpoint, the 1.1 million bale crop forecast by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be the largest crop in the state since 1933, when 1.266 million bales were produced on 2.86 million harvested acres, according to a recent press release from Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR) of the Okhlahoma State University (OSU).

The statistics has not taken into account the damage due to freeze at the end of October, said Randy Boman, OSU Southwest Research and Extension Centre director and OSU Cooperative Extension cotton program leader.

Boman, who credits Oklahoma’s new national ranking to good weather, available irrigation water and state cotton producers using the latest crop genetics and production systems, said he would not be surprised if the state lost approximately 100,000 bales of the official NASS estimate.

In addition to the early freeze, some cotton producers pushed planting this year right up to the crop insurance cut-off date. This will result in some fields not being harvested or a crop with both low yield and fibre quality. (DS)

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