The Texas Northern and Southern High Plains areas will produce about half of Texas 4.1 million bales of cotton this year. The bulk of that will come from the SHP, with 1.68 million bales. The NHP will produce 765,000 bales. Next closest production area is the Southern Low Plains (SLP) at 445,000 bales, followed closely by the Northern Low Plains (NLP) at 390,000.
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Overall, Texas production is estimated to be off by nearly 1 million bales from 2012 production.
Planted acreage for 2013 totaled 5.75 million, off from 2012’s 6.55 million.
Average yield for 2013 is estimated at 596 pounds per acre, down from 623 pounds last year.
The SHP and NHP actually increased yield from last year. SHP producers will average 582 pounds per acre compared to 546 pounds last year. The NHP will improve from 774 pounds per acre to 885 pounds per acre. Several other areas also show improved yields but some areas saw significant decreases. The Upper Coast, the South and the Lower Rio Grande Valley averages were off significantly from last year.