The USDA Crop Progress report dated June 20 showed that planting for this year’s U.S. cotton crop is essentially finished. The report showed that 96% of the U.S. crop is now planted – up 6% from a week ago and 1% above the 5-year average for mid-June.
Squaring is now reported in 21% of the crop – up 8% in the past week. Three states – Arizona, Georgia and Missouri – are currently ahead of their respective 5-year averages for this date. Initial reports of boll set were also documented in Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, Texas and Virginia.
Crop condition numbers showed a big improvement this week, with 52% of the U.S. crop rated good/excellent, 42% fair, and only 6% rated poor/very poor.
Source: Cotton Grower