The USDA is predicting this year’s Virginia cotton crop will be 90 percent larger than in 2016, and yields are expected to average 432 pounds per acre more than last year’s.
Cotton growers saw their yields plummet as heavy rain ended the growing season.
There will be no record cotton crop in Virginia this year. Heavy rains the weeks of Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 knocked significant yields off this year’s cotton harvest, although not enough to declare crop disasters, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia farmers intend to plant more peanuts, oats and hay this year, but less cotton, tobacco, winter wheat and soybeans. Corn acreage is unchanged.