Private Forecaster Lower Cotton Planted Acres Once Again

Informa Economics lowered its forecast of U.S. cotton plantings for 2012 in a report on Friday, trade sources said.

The private analytical firm estimated plantings of the fiber at 12.83 million acres, down 330,000 from its March forecast, based on a survey conducted late last month.

The estimate is 12.9% lower than what U.S. farmers planted in the 2011-12 season, which ends July 31.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. cotton plantings were 26% complete as of April 29, up from 16% at the same time last year.

Dry conditions in Georgia and Texas–the top two producing states–remain a concern, however. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.