Major U.S. states for cotton production 2022
Cotton productionThe production of cotton is one of the United States’ most important industries. The country was the world’s third largest cotton producer after China and India, as well as the leading global cotton exporter in 2021/2022.
In terms of cotton production by state, U.S. cotton is mostly grown and harvested in the Southern states, also known as the “Cotton Belt” where cotton plantations were established in the 1800s. According to 2014 estimates, the federal state of Texas, the nation’s top cotton producing state, accounted for more than 42 percent of the country’s total cotton production, followed by Georgia with roughly 18 percent. More than 3.2 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of cotton was produced in Texas in 2021.
Upland cotton is the nation’s most commonly cultivated variety of cotton. American Pima, a finer and more expensive cotton fiber, is mainly cultivated in Arizona and California. In 2021, the United States allocated some 11.22 million acres of land for planting cotton. Approximately 14.7 million bales of cotton were produced that year.
Cotton is typically used in the production of textiles. Hence Bangladesh, a leader in textile manufacturing, was the second largest cotton importer in 2021/2022.