In its September crop report, USDA estimated a 2021-22 U.S. crop of 18.51 million bales. Upland production was estimated at 18.17 million bales and extra-long staple (ELS) production at 335,000 bales.
Harvested area was an estimated 9.92 million acres, implying a non-harvested area of about 1.27 million acres. The resulting abandonment rate is about 11.34%. The national average yield per harvested acre was estimated to be about 895 pounds, 32 pounds more than the five-year average.