Cotton Acreage Down In Mississippi, U.S.

A new federal report shows U.S. cotton acreage has hit its lowest level since 1983.


AP–A new federal report shows U.S. cotton acreage has hit its lowest level since 1983.
Shiela Corley, a cotton statistician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, attributes the decline to farmers using land traditionally used for cotton to grow crops demanding higher prices, such as corn and soybeans.
The department estimates cotton acreage at 9.25 million acres this year, down from 10.8 million acres a year ago. Farmers planted 7.9 million acres in 1983.
The biggest declines, according to the report, were in Mississippi and California.
Only two states, Oklahoma and Virginia, planted more cotton than in 2007.

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