LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Dan Fromme said about 180,000 acres of cotton have been planted in
Cotton acreage has decreased drastically across the South in recent years, largely because prices have been low, Fromme said. Many farmers switched to crops that are more profitable and less challenging to grow.
"Cotton prices have become low compared to corn and soybean prices," Fromme said. "Right now, cotton prices are around 83 to 85 cents a pound. We'd certainly like to see that higher with today's inputs."
Planting began around April 21 and went well, Fromme said. Soil moisture was ample in most of
It hasn't rained much since then, which concerns farmers.
"We would like to see a rain at this time, especially in parts of central
Fortunately, this year should be quiet in terms of disease and insects. Fromme said temperatures have been warm enough to ward off diseases so far. The only insect issue he predicts is thrips, an insect that feeds on cotton leaves, but they are expected and controlled every year with insecticides.