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Louisiana cotton acreage up, but prices still low

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Nearly all of this year's cotton has been planted in Louisiana. While the outlook for the crop is good, cotton prices remain low.

LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Dan Fromme says about 180,000 acres of cotton have been planted in Louisiana. That's up from 2013, when farmers planted a record low of 125,000 acres. A decade ago, however, Louisiana farmers grew about 800,000 acres of cotton.

The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/S1Loji ) cotton acreage has decreased drastically across the South in recent years, largely because prices have been low.

Many farmers switched to crops that are more profitable and less challenging to grow, said Fromme, who is based at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria.

"Cotton prices have become low compared to corn and soybean prices," Fromme said. "Right now, cotton prices are around 83 to 85 cents a pound. We'd certainly like to see that higher with today's inputs."

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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