In its September crop report, USDA projected a 2023-24 U.S. crop of 13.13 million bales.
Upland production was estimated at 12.78 million bales and extra-long staple production at 356,000 bales.
Harvested area was an estimated 8.02 million acres, implying a non-harvested area of about 2.21 million acres. The resulting abandonment rate is about 21.61%. The national average yield per harvested acre was estimated to be about 786 pounds, 72 pounds less than the five-year average.