NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- U.S. cotton production is forecast to reach 13 million bales, slightly more than a year ago, with farmers in parts of the South expecting record yields.

The forecast was reported Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report shows many states are expecting higher production totals than in 2008 even though growers planted fewer cotton acres this year.

Production in Texas, for example, is forecast to reach 5 million bales, up from 4.5 million. Georgia production is expected to reach about 1.9 million bales, up from 1.6 million.

However, big declines are forecast in several states, including California and Mississippi, where recent soggy weather has taken a toll.

The forecasts are based on Oct. 1 conditions.

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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