Oklahoma 2021 Cotton and Grain Sorghum Crops Predicted to be Well Above 2020 Harvest StatsTue, 12 Oct 2021 19:52:47 CDT
The latest USDA Crop Production report, based on data as of October first, shows bigger cotton and grain sorghum crops in Oklahoma compared to the September stats. It also shows bigger crops than a year ago for cotton, sorghum, corn, pecans and winter canola.
The 2021 cotton crop continues to look promising as we have just started the harvest of the crop. USDA expects 415,000 acres will be harvested- 20,000 less than a year ago. However, the expected yield of lint per acre is much higher than a year ago- and the 879 pounds of lint per acre will translate into 760,000 bales this growing season, up 19% from the 2020 crop (144,000 bales larger in 2021 vs 2020) The 760,000 bale crop would make the 2021 Oklahoma cotton crop the fifth largest in the country on a state by state basis.
The 2021 grain sorghum crop in Oklahoma is well above what was harvested in 2020- 355,000 acres expected to be harvested versus 230,000 acres last year- and with an increase of four bushels per acre over a year ago- the 62 bushels per acre will potentially yield 22 million bushels- 115% above the production of 2020.
Pecans are another crop that will be well above 2020 this growing season. The total Oklahoma pecan crop is predicted to be 10 million pounds- up from 6.9 million a year ago. The 6 million pounds of native pecans is the most being produced in any state- and add to that 4 million pounds of improved varieties to the 2021 expected harvest.
Corn production will be slightly above the 2020 crop season in Oklahoma- 45 million bushels expected to be harvested in the state.
Soybean production in Oklahoma will be down slightly versus 2020, according to the October report. Yields are down two bushels per acre this year to 28 bushels per acre- expected production is called 15.4 million bushels.
Canola is reported in the October report- most of the states are spring canola- but two are winter canola states- Kansas and Oklahoma. While the crop is far smaller than just a few years ago- the 2021 crop harvested this past June was better than the 2020 crop- with 10 thousand acres yielding 1,550 pounds per acre for a total production this season of 15.5 million pounds- up about fifty percent from a year ago.
Finally- the other hay category shows Oklahoma the fourth largest hay producing state in the country- with the production numbers equal with a year ago. Oklahoma farmers and ranchers will harvest 2.6 million acres of other hay for an average yield of 1.8 tons per acre for a statewide production of 4.68 million tons.
To review all the crop production numbers- click here for the October first data from USDA.
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