Agriculture Statistics: Cotton Ginning Report for 2012
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas saw an increase of cotton ginning, which contributed to a nationwide cotton crop increase. The USDA statistics estimated the overall national number to be 12,271,500 running bales ginned. Several ginning states experienced a drought this summer which many cotton farmers feel reduced the cotton crops in some areas; their hope is for better rain and irrigation systems in 2013 to keep cotton growing plentiful.
According to the USDA, the survey process involved collecting the number of bales ginned on the 1st and 15th of every month; the USDA also conducts a final survey at the end of ginning season.