Cotton Acres Down

National Cotton Council survey says growers intend on planting 9.01 million acres in 2013.

Published on: Feb 11, 2013

U.S. cotton growers could see a 27% drop in acreage for 2013 over last year,  says the National Cotton council's annual early season planting intentions survey.

The Mid-South could see the biggest drop in acreage—some 50.6% fewer cotton acres than in 2012. The NCC estimate shows Mid-South cotton growers planting 1 million fewer acres in 2013.

Across the Belt, the numbers show a decline in favor of corn, soybeans or other crops.  The numbers could change. The price of cotton has increased five cents per pound and corn and soybean prices have softened. A key barometer would be corn in the low $5 range and cotton in 80s by planting time.

As it stands, growers indicate a shift to corn and soybeans based on price.

National Cotton Council survey says growers intend on planting 9.01 million acres in 2013.
National Cotton Council survey says growers intend on planting 9.01 million acres in 2013.

"Nine million acres is a good indication" of what the industry has been calling for, said Gary Adams, NCC vice president for economic and policy analysis.

A rundown of the NCC estimates follows.
MID-SOUTH, down 50.6%
Arkansas, down 67.9% from 2012 numbers at 221,000 acres.
Louisiana, down 37.3% at 144,000 acres.
Mississippi, down 58.1% at 199,000 acres.
Missouri, down 31.6% at 239 acres.
Tennessee, down 47.6% at 199,000 acres.
SOUTHEAST, down 18.5%.
Alabama, down 15.7% from 2012 numbers at 320,000 acres.
Florida, down 4.5% at 103,000 acres.
Georgia, down 15.3% at 1.093 million acres.
North Carolina, down 32% at 398,000 acres.
South Carolina, down 11.4% at 265,000 acres.
Virginia, down 28.3% at 62,000.
SOUTHWEST, down 24.4%
Kansas, down 10.4% from 2012 numbers at 50,000.
Oklahoma, down 12.3% at 267,000 acres.
Texas, down 25% at 4.9 million acres.
WEST, down 12.2%
Arizona, down 3.6% from 2012 numbers at 193,000.
California, down 21.4% at 112,000 acres.
New Mexico, down 21% at 36,000 acres.

The NCC released the estimates at its annual meeting in Memphis Feb. 9. The cotton group surveyed growers in late December and early January.