Tennessee cotton farmers could add as many as 100,000 acres and could hit a half-million planted in 2011 said University of Tennessee cotton specialist Chris Main.

Darren Dodds, Mississippi State University Extension cotton specialist, anticipates acreage to top 500,000, possibly to 550,000 in 2011. Most expansion will come from north of highway 82, Dodds said. Southern Mississippi has put a lot of acres into corn.

 “Last year was very good for cotton,” he said.

Charlie Burmeister, Auburn University, said Alabama had a less than ideal cotton year, however. “For some farmers, it was the best year ever; for others it was the worst. Average state yield will be about 600 pounds. So for 2011, it depends on who you talk to as to how enthusiastic they are about cotton acreage.”

He said corn had a good year in 2010 and will compete for acreage. “But we’ve seen interest in cotton pickers in North Alabama. So we still have folks excited about cotton.”

Burmeister said farmers are concerned about Palmer pigweed. “We’re beginning to see it come in.”

Dale Monks, also an Auburn Extension cotton specialist, anticipates 350,000 planted acres for 2011.

Kansas cotton farmers likely will add acres in 2011, said Extension agronomist Stu Duncan. “Acres could range from 50,000 to 100,000,”  Duncan said, “but I expect it to be nearer 100,000.”

He said 2010 was a good year for Kansas cotton, “the second highest average yield on record with some irrigated cotton making 3 to 3.5 bales per acre and netting more than $1,000 per acre.”

Area of concern may be dryland acreage in Southwest Kansas, he said. “Some of that area had the driest season ever.”