Drought Devastates U.S. Cotton Harvest


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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