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Cotton Acreage to Drop 14.6%
Duane Howell DTN Contributing Cotton Analyst
Mon Feb 9, 2015 06:05 AM CST

LUBBOCK, Texas (DTN) -- U.S. producers intend to plant 9.428 million acres of cotton this spring, down 14.6% from 11.037 million acres in 2014, according to the National Cotton Council's 32nd annual early season survey.

Upland intentions are 9.192 million acres, down 15.2%, while Pima or extra-long staple intentions of 236,000 acres represent a 22.8% increase. Survey results were announced Saturday at the annual NCC meeting in Memphis.

The prospective area is the smallest since 2009 when growers planted 9.15 million acres and narrowly the second smallest since 1983 when the payment-in-kind farm program slashed plantings to 7.926 million acres. ...

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