Total U.S. cottonseed production in 2016 is forecast to reach 5.1 million tons, up from 4.5 million tons in 2015, a 13.3 percent increase, according to the U.S. Department of Agricultures National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the 5.1 million tons of cottonseed, approximately 3.2 million tons is available for cattle feed, compared to 2.5 million tons from the previous years crop.
Across the Cotton Belt, the 2016 cotton crop enjoyed good growing conditions, although heavy late season rains in certain areas caused some quality problems, says Geoff Haney, president of Cape & Son, Abilene, Texas. The West Texas cotton crop is excellent. Thus, prime feed grade cottonseed is plentiful and readily available.