By admin       2018-03-19

Last year was a record year for South Carolina cotton farmers and 2018 could be even better if the markets and weather hold out and pests remain at bay. Nathan Smith, Clemson Extension economist and professor at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center, said 2017 was a record year for farmers across the United States. Heading in to 2018, the cotton outlook for both South Carolina and the entire United States is looking better than (2017), Smith said. We’re coming off a record year for cotton yield — an average of about 900 pounds per acre — across all cotton states. Almost 24 million bales of cotton were produced last year. Higher production generally means lower prices. But Smith said this hasn’t been the case.

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