U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 12 million cotton acres this spring, up 7.3 percent from 2021, according to the National Cotton Council. NCC’s Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey shows upland cotton intentions are 11.9 million acres, up 7.1 percent from 2021. Extra-long staple cotton intentions of 158,000 acres represent a 24.8 percent increase. The NCC questionnaire, mailed in mid-December 2021 to producers across the 17-state Cotton Belt, asked producers for the number of acres devoted to cotton and other crops in 2021 and the acres planned for the coming season. Survey responses were collected through mid-January. The detailed survey results were announced during the 2022 National Cotton Council Annual Meeting. Although cotton prices are higher than in recent years, higher input prices and supply chain disruptions have resulted in significant increases in production costs for 2022. As a result, many producers continue to face difficult economic conditions heading into 2022.
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