NASS reduces California cotton, dry edible bean crop forecasts

The National Agricultural Statistic Service’s (NASS) California Field Office has reduced its crop projections for Upland and Pima cotton plus dry edible beans.

Upland cotton production in California is forecast at 370,000 bales, down 3 percent from the Nov. 1 forecast. Harvested acreage of 117,000 resulted in a yield of 1,518 pounds per acre.

American Pima cotton production is forecast at 400,000 bales, down 5 percent from last month. With harvested acreage at 151,000 acres, the yield is forecast at 1,272 pounds per acre.

As of Dec. 1, cotton harvest was essentially complete in California. Shredding and stalk plow down were also nearing completion in most parts of the state.

NASS is forecasting dry edible bean production at 1.05 million cwt., down 13 percent from last year. Harvested acreage of 52,000 is down 12 percent from last year, which resulted in an overall yield of 2,030 pounds per acre.

Despite declining acreage and dry conditions, California dry bean growers had a successful year.

Production forecasts are released on a monthly basis and do not reflect final production estimates. Late summer and fall harvests may change these estimates considerably.

The next production forecast will be issued on Jan. 12, 2009.

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