In this week’s Georgia Cotton Commission update we want to remind growers to complete and return your NASS surveys. USDA NASS is currently surveying growers across the country in order to compile the yearly USDA Prospective Plantings report. The data collected by NASS is confidential and extremely important for agriculture as this data is used in many policy making discussions.
The USDA Prospective Plantings report is not the only planting intentions report for cotton. Recently, the National Cotton Council released its annual Planting Intentions report that surveyed cotton growers across America. The NCC Planting Intentions report found that total US cotton acres would be up by 9.4% to 11 million acres. In Georgia, the survey found a 3.1% decrease in acres from 2016. It is important to remember though that this survey was conducted throughout December 2016 and into January 2017, and therefore may not reflect the true amount of acres to be planted given the recent increase in the price of cotton. You can find this report at GeorgiaCottonCommission.org.