COLLEGE STATION (March 4, 2013)--Cotton plantings this year may drop by as much as 25 percent in Texas, state agriculture officials say.
A survey by the National Cotton Council found that Texas farmers intend to plant about 4.9 million acres this year, compared to 6.5 million acres in 2012.
Texas A&M state cotton specialist Gaylon Morgan said more rain that expected has fallen this year, which will affect just how much farmers intend to plant.
With the added rainfall, some farmers may opt to plant other crops, such as wheat.
Morgan said West Texas has received higher levels of precipitation, while the Rio Grande Valley and other southern sections remain under extreme drought conditions.
The council survey predicts about 9 million acres of cotton plantings nationwide, down from 12 million last year.