By admin       2018-11-20

Louisiana’s 2018 cotton crop is being harvested with mixed reactions. “A lot of people were happy; a lot of people were sad,” said LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Dan Fromme. Northwest Louisiana was hit with drought during the growing season, while the northeast corner had good rainfall. Central Louisiana had areas of drought and adequate rainfall, so yields varied there. About half of Louisiana’s cotton crop is irrigated, he said, so those fields are not as dependent on rainfall. This year’s Louisiana acreage totaled 189,000, compared to 212,000 acres in 2017. Normally all of the cotton would have been harvested by now, but 5 to 10 percent of the crop remains in the field as farmers wait for drier conditions, Fromme said. Last year’s statewide yield averaged 926 pounds of lint per acre. Fromme estimated this year’s yield is higher, probably 1,050 to 1,100 pounds per acre. AgCenter economist Mike Deliberto said the current November price is 74 cents a pound, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture anticipates a price of 71 to 77 cents for 2019. Last year, prices averaged 69 cents per pound.

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