Cotton Loss Due To Insects Declines, But Control Costs Rise

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

U.S. cotton producers lost 3.01 percent of their crop to insects in 2011, one of the lowest percentages since entomologists began reporting losses 32 years ago, according to a preliminary report of Cotton Insect Losses 2012, compiled by entomologist Mike Williams.

Williams said management costs are up about $10 an acre from 2010, at $62.25. Costs plus loss came in at about $100 per acre, compared to $91 per acre in 2010.

Williams said that costs plus loss trended higher from the 1970s to about 2000, then started a sharp decline. "It looks like we may have bottomed out in 2009, then in 2010, we started back up. The trend is still low, which is good for farmers."

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