Drought Devastates U.S. Cotton Harvest

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Southwestern cotton growers are abandoning thousands and thousands of parched acres that they planted in spring, prompting forecasts for the weakest U.S. harvest in additional than a decade and sending costs sharply larger.

U.S. agricultural forecasters count on drought-struck farmers to stroll away from greater than 40% of the 12.5 million acres they sowed with cotton and harvest the smallest space since Reconstruction. Again then, in 1868, yields per acre had been lower than a fifth of what they’re at the moment, however the marketplace for cotton was vastly smaller too.

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