U.S. Cotton Output Slides

WASHINGTON - Oct 11/18 - SNS -- Production of all types of cotton in the United States is forecast at 19.8 million 480-pound bales, up less than 1% from September but down 6% from last year, according to the latest USDA crop production estimates.

Yield is expected to average 901 pounds per harvested acre, up 6 pounds from last month but down 4 pounds from last year. Harvested area for all cotton is expected to total 10.5 million acres, down less than 1% from September and down 5% from 2017.

Upland cotton production is forecast at 19.0 million 480-pound bales, down 6% from 2017. Upland harvested area is expected to total 10.3 million acres, down 5% from last year. If realized, the United States average yield for all cotton and Upland cotton will be the second highest on record. Pima cotton production, forecast at 771,000 bales, was carried forward from last month.

Ginnings totaled 1,287,350 running bales prior to October 1, compared with 1,249,300 running bales ginned prior to the same date last year.