By admin       2018-04-20

Global cotton production in 2017/18 is forecast at 122.2 million bales, 14% above last season and the largest production in five years, according to the latest report by US Department of Agriculture (USDA). According to the latest report, world harvested area in 2017/18 is estimated at 33.3 million hectares, 12% above 2016/17—as returns from cotton were more favourable and encouraged cotton plantings over alternative crops. The global yield is forecast to rise to 799 kg per hectare in 2017/18, the highest in four years and the second highest on record. All major cotton producers are projected to harvest a larger crop in 2017/18, with increases for China and the US leading the gain. In 2017/18, the top three producing countries – India, China, and the US – are projected to account for 63% of the global cotton crop, similar to the previous season. India’s production is forecast at 28.5 million bales, about 6% above last season. For Brazil, cotton production is expected to reach 8.7 million bales in 2017/18, compared with 7 million last season.

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