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March 5, 2021
Southern Cotton Crop Loses Ground
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Dry parts of the mid-South and Southeast have led to a drop of one-point-three (m) million bales in the nation's cotton production from last month.

Projections were released this week by the U-S Department of Agriculture.

Lack of moisture in the Tennessee Valley region of Georgia and Alabama is responsible for most of the reduction.

Meanwhile, parts of Oklahoma and Texas -- the nation's leading producer of cotton -- are too wet.

June's production estimates had U-S yields at 820 pounds per acre. The new projections are 20 pounds less per acre.

The report predicts the nation will produce 17 and a-half (m) million bales in 2007, or a drop of 19 percent from last year.

The 2006 figure was 21-point-six (m) million bales.

Planting was delayed in some parts of the Texas, which is coming off back-to-back drought years.

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