USDA Expects a Drop in Cotton Crop

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Blame it on the lingering drought.

The dry spell is a big reason behind the US Department of Agriculture predicting a 35 percent drop in Texas cotton production, compared to last year.

The state's 2005 crop was a record eight and a-half (M) million bales.

The USDA forecast says the South Plains is expected to produce three-point-eight (M) million bales. That's down from five-point-seven (M) million bales in 2005.

Texas overall is still three and a-half inches below normal for rainfall.