Bales of cotton ginned in Arizona as of Jan. 1 were unchanged from a year ago, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Bales of all cotton ginned in Arizona totaled 289,300. Of this, 268,850 were Upland varieties and 20,500 Pima varieties.
By comparison, California ginned 638,550 running bales in the same period, an increase of 6 percent over the previous year. That broke down to 188,150 running bales of Upland and 450,400 running bales of Pima.
By Jan. 1, cotton gins throughout the United States had processed 16.15 million running bales, a 16.5 percent increase in production from the previous year. Of that, 15.65 million running bales were Upland and 500,000 running bales were extra-long staple Pima varieties. California and Arizona account for over 94 percent of the Pima ginned in the West, which by the end of 2017 was up nearly 16 percent, according to NASS. New Mexico and Texas also grow ELS varieties.
For a full copy of the Cotton Ginnings report visit www.nass.usda.gov.