Record upland yield for California

California's 2007 Upland cotton production is estimated at 630,000 bales as of Jan. 1, a decrease of 19 percent from last year. This is based on 194,000. The yield of 1,559 pounds per acre is the highest on record. Harvest was complete by the end of November.

California’s 2007 American Pima cotton production is estimated at a record high of 760,000 thousand bales, 11 percent above last year's crop. The yield of 1,419 pounds is the second highest yield on record.

U.S. Upland cotton production is estimated at 18.2 million bales, up slightly from the Dec. 1 forecast, but down 13 percent from last year. The U.S. yield for upland cotton is estimated at 857 pounds per acre, up 7 pounds from last month and up 51 pounds from last year’s yield. The yield will be the largest on record, surpassing the previous record high of 843 pounds per acre set in 2004. Harvested area, at 10.2 million acres, is down less than 1 percent from last month and 18 percent below last year.

U.S. American Pima producers planted 292,000 acres, down 10 percent from last year. Harvested area, at 288,000 acres, is down 11 percent from last year. Production is estimated at a record high 825,000 480-pound bales, up 8 percent from last year, but down 1 percent from December. The U.S. yield is estimated at 1,374 pounds per acre, down 7 pounds from December, but up 238 pounds from last year.

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