Cotton field on sunny dayThe number of cotton and peanut seed acres planted in the Southwest are behind their average five year pace, according to the USDA-NASS. Experts are attributing persistent rain as the cause of the delays, especially in cotton. Alabama is reporting 68% of its cotton crops have been planted, with Florida at 38% and Georgia at 61%. Five-year cotton averages were listed at 76% for Alabama, 61% for Florida and 62% for Georgia for this time of the year. See the percentages for each state’s progress at this time last year.