In its November crop report, USDA estimated a 2020-21 U.S. crop of 17.09 million bales. Upland production was estimated at 16.54 million bales and extra-long staple production at 557,000 bales.
Harvested area was an estimated 9.01 million acres, implying a non-harvested area of about 3.11 million acres. The resulting abandonment rate is about 25.67%. The national average yield per harvested acre was estimated to be about 911 pounds, 63 pounds more than the five-year average.