Arizona upland cotton production forecast down 18 percent

Arizona’s upland cotton harvested acreage is estimated at 138,000 acres, down 30,000 acres or 18 percent from a year ago, according to the Arizona office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Yield is forecast at 1,461 pounds per acre, 7 pounds lower than the yield in 2007. Production is forecast at 420,000 bales, down 18 percent from last year. The cotton crop is in mostly fair to excellent condition.

NASS says American-Pima cotton harvested acreage, at 1,000 acres, is down 1,500 acres. Production is expected to total 2,000 bales, down 2,600 bales from last year. Pima yield, at 960 pounds per acre, is up 77 pounds from a year ago.

Other Arizona crop forecasts of production include alfalfa, at 2.34 million tons, up 13 percent; grapes at 900 tons, down 200 tons; and apples at 20.0 million pounds, down 13 percent from last year.

At the U.S. level, all cotton production is forecast at 13.8 million 480-pound bales, down 28 percent from last year’s 19.2 million bales. Yield is expected to average 842 pounds per harvested acre, down 37 pounds from the record yield in 2007.

Upland cotton production is forecast at 13.2 million 480-pound bales, 28 percent below 2007. Producers in the Southeast region are expecting increased yields from last year, while producers in Texas expect a lower yield than the record high received in 2007.

American-Pima production is forecast at 521,800 bales, down 39 percent from last year. Producers expect to harvest 7.85 million acres of all cotton and 7.66 million acres of upland cotton, both down 25 percent from last year and the lowest harvested acreage since 1983. American-Pima harvested area is expected to total 193,900 acres, down 33 percent from 2007.

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