Source: Texas AgriLife Extension Service
More cotton and sorghum acres than corn could be planted by Texas farmers this year resulting from an upswing in future prices, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.
The recent Prospective Plantings report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service projects 5.6 million cotton acres will be planted in Texas — up from 5 million acres in 2009. Projected sorghum acres for Texas this year are 2.4 million acres compared to 2.7 million acres in 2009. State corn acres are projected at 2.2 million this year compared to 2.3 million in 2009.
Mark Welch, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension grain economist, said he attributes the change to pricing. "The moisture situation is much better across the state compared to last year, which favors all crops, but in the first quarter of the year, cotton prices are relatively high and grains are on a downward slide," he said.