2007 Arizona upland cotton yields set all-time record — 1,469 pounds/acre

The final figures on Arizona’s 2007 cotton crop show the area planted to upland varieties totaled 170,000 acres with 168,000 acres harvested, according to the Arizona Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The average yield per acre at 1,469 pounds per acre is the highest yield ever recorded, surpassing the previous record high yield of 1,458 from the 2004 crop. Production totaled 514,000 bales, 8 percent less than last year.

Pima cotton was planted and harvested from 2,500 acres, 4,500 acres less than last year. Yields averaged 883 pounds per acre, a decrease of 36 pounds from the previous season. Final Pima production totaled 4,600 bales, 8,800 fewer bales than a year ago.

Total cottonseed production was estimated at 182,800 tons, down 15 percent from 2006.

For the U.S. cotton crop, NASS predicts all-cotton production for 2007 at 19.2 million 480-pound bales, down 11 percent from the previous year’s production. The U.S. all-cotton yield averaged 879 pounds per acre, up 65 pounds from 2006.

Upland cotton production is estimated at 18.4 million 480-pound bales, down 12 percent from the previous season. The U.S. yield for upland cotton is estimated at 864 pounds per acre, up 58 pounds from last year’s yield. The yield is the highest on record, surpassing the previous record high of 843 pounds per acre set in 2004.

The harvested area at 10.2 million acres is down 18 percent from the previous year.

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