In its October crop report, USDA estimated a 2017-18 U.S. crop of 21.12 million bales. Upland production was estimated at 20.39 million bales and extra-long staple (ELS) production at 727,000 bales.
Harvested area was an estimated 11.41 million acres, implying a non-harvested area of about 1.21 million acres based on USDA’s revised acreage report. The resulting abandonment rate is about 9.62%. The national yield per harvested acre was estimated to be about 889 pounds, 50 pounds more than the five-year average.