The Department of Agriculture says record yields could bring Texas cotton growers their second-largest crop.
The forecast for 8.1 million bales falls just short of the record in 2005 of 8.5 million bales. Producers were projected to harvest 828 pounds per acre. That would surpass the previous record set two years ago by more than 100 pounds per acre.
The state's estimate is up 7.8 percent from last month's 7.5 million bales. Record yields were also projected for Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Most of Texas' production comes from the South Plains. That makes up 43 percent of the nation's projected harvest.
To view a copy of the USDA crop production report, (click here).
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