As predicted at the beginning of the 2010 growing season, farmers harvested a lot more cotton this year.

As of Dec. 15, 2010, according to National Cotton Council reports, the three southwestern cotton-growing states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas had ginned 6,596,750 bales of cotton, compared to 3,858,250 bales at the same date in 2009.

And cotton gins are still running day and night with their yards crowded with modules waiting to be processed.

Texas, the big producer, reports a total of 6,268,250 bales ginned, compared to 3,672,200 bales in 2009.

Oklahoma gins processed 280,400 bales as of Dec. 15, 2010, compared to 174,850 bales as of the same date in 2009.

Kansas cotton farmers reported 48,100 bales ginned as of Dec. 15 this year, compared to merely 11,200 at this time in 2009.

Total upland cotton ginned by Dec. 15, 2010, for the 15 cotton-producing states totaled 14,793,250 bales compared to 9,415,000 bales at the same time in 2009.

All cotton, including extra long staple cotton, ginned was 15,131,550 bales compared to 9,727,950 bales in 2009.