Cotton growers are suffering the worst of the end-of-the-year cotton shortage, and that’s putting pressure on farmers across the country.
As of Tuesday morning, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reported that there were 5,600 cotton growers nationwide with a combined crop of more than 4.7 million acres, or about 13% of all cotton planted nationwide.
But with a harvest of less than 6 million acres and the lowest number of cotton picks in history, those numbers are still pretty dire.
For example, this is how much cotton farmers have lost in the last three years:The total amount of cotton produced by the U.S. Cotton and Fibre Association (CFA) fell from 2.6 million acres in 2014 to 1.3 million acres last year, according to the latest USDA data.
That’s down from an average of 3.5 million acres per year over the previous four years.
Meanwhile, the amount of corn grown fell from 1.8 million acres to 1 million, and the amount produced by cotton growers dropped from 2 million acres up to 2.4 million acres.
And with the crop set to peak on Jan. 1, the end is near for many growers.
For some, it’s been a long time coming.
Cotton growers have struggled to recover from a shortage that began in the 1980s, when the world’s biggest cotton producer, the United States, was at the peak of its cotton harvest.
That year, the U,S.
saw its cotton crop shrink from 12.5 billion bushels to 7.2 billion bushets, and prices dropped as a result.
That meant farmers needed to invest in technology to get crops out to market and harvest more of them, according the Farm Service Administration.
That included the use of pesticides and herbicides, as well as improved technology for planting seeds.
But the technology has also been criticized for its use of artificial fertilizer and irrigation to control weeds and pests.
In the end, it took more than a decade for the end to come for cotton growers.
In 2009, the EPA ruled that cotton growers could only use chemical fertilizers, which led to a spike in the use.
As a result, prices for cotton rose.
In 2010, the industry began using more than 200,000 acres of irrigation equipment, including pumpers, to get the cotton crop out to the field.
It was the first time that many cotton growers used more than 400,000 of those machines.
Then came the global economic recession in 2007, which also brought down prices.
By 2009, growers were losing an average $600 per acre a year in irrigation, according in the FSA’s latest report.
But with the market tanking, growers started to use more technology, including more pesticides and more advanced seed.
They also had to replace more machinery and equipment, such as pumps, that had been built with the hope of returning to their former levels of productivity.
In 2012, the FA found that the use by growers of synthetic fertilizers was up more than 20% between 2014 and 2015, as they used them more often and for longer periods of time, often for the same cotton crops.
That led to increased costs and fewer cotton picking.
By 2017, the average price for cotton grown by cotton farmers in the United Sates had doubled, and it rose by another 20% in the same time frame.
For growers in Texas, which is in the middle of the country, the price went up by more than 80% and was more than twice the price of California, the worst cotton-producing state in the country by far.
That means that even with the current harvest of 4.8.
million acres that will last until Jan. 15, many growers in the state will be struggling to make ends meet.
For the next two years, the state of Texas will have to deal with a massive increase in demand for cotton and its other commodities, and some growers in that state are saying they are already dealing with the worst.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Cotton Council said that the average yield for cotton harvested in Texas fell from 7.7 bushel to 5.3 bushel in 2016, and a record-low crop was reported for the state last year.
Some growers in neighboring Kansas have seen cotton prices drop even lower, with the average cotton yield in the Kansas state fell to 3.7 buseshels.
“It is really frustrating that our industry is in a dire situation, with no real incentive to grow cotton,” said Jeff Jones, the CEO of JB Cotton, a family-owned farm located in the town of Pecan Grove.
“The drought is impacting the entire crop, and this is going to be a huge impact on our ability to grow the crop.”
While farmers in Texas are being forced to find other ways to feed their families, the loss of the crop