Texas cotton farmers produced almost 6.2 million bales last year from 4.6 million harvested acres. Planted acreage was 6.2 million, up from 5.8 million in 2013. Harvested acreage was significantly higher than the 2013 figure of 3.1 million.
Yield per acre in 2014 was 644 pounds down 2 pounds from 2013.
These are the final estimates from Betty Johnson, statistician, crops group leader, Texas Southern Plains Regional Office, NASS, USDA.
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The Southern High Plains region was the top production area with almost 2.4 million bales harvested from 2.1 million acres and 544 pounds per acre. Yield was off from 2013’s 639 pounds per acre. Harvested acreage was almost double the 2013 total of 1.27 million. Planted acreage in 2013 was 3.04 million, slightly higher than 2014 at 3.037.
The Northern High Plains produced slightly less than 870,000 bales from 544,500 acre averaging 767 pounds per acre, down from the previous year’s 897 pounds per acre. Planted acreage, at 821,000 was up from 705,500 the previous year. Producers harvested 404,000 acres in 2013.
Third highest producer was the Northern Low Plains with 483,200 bales from 399,500 acres. Average yield came in at 581 pounds per acre. Planted acreage was 470,000.
The Southern Low Plains accounted for 334,100 ales from 393,300 acres and an average of 408 pounds per acre.
Those top four production areas accounted for almost 4.1 million bales of production.
The Coastal Bend and the Upper Coast combined for more than 900,000 bales from just under a half-million acres.