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- In each region of the Cotton Belt there were growers who topped five bales per acre in 2012. The production news for cotton remains outstanding, the economic side — not so much.
In the Dela, production was uniformly high, despite some significant weather-related challenges, primarily the result of Hurricane Isaac.
Despite averaging about 1,000 pounds of lint per acre region-wide, a recent survey of cotton industry experts indicates the Delta may have the biggest decline in cotton acreage in 2013.
Arkansas growers harvested the most acres of cotton and had the highest average state yield among the five cotton growing states in the region in 2012.
Growers in the state harvested 580,000 acres of cotton, with a statewide average of 1,084 pounds of lint per acre.
In Mississippi, recent High Cotton Award winner Johnny Little, who farms near Holcomb, Miss. says several weather related problems, including wind and rain from Hurricane Isaac appeared to have hurt his crop, but final production was much better than expected.