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Analysts expect US cotton output to be below USDA estimate
Jul '12
Analysts in the US are now projecting that the production of cotton in the US during the current season to be around 15.8 million bales, which is 1.2 million bales less than the 17 million bales estimated by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its report released earlier this month.
The projection was made by the analysts at the annual Cotton Roundtable of Ag Market Network held in New York City.
Carl Anderson, Extension specialist emeritus, Texas A&M University, estimates cotton production in Texas to be around 5.3 million bales, in Oklahoma to be around 436,000 bales, and another 64,000 bales in Kansas.
Thus cotton growers in southwestern states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are together expected to harvest around 5.8 million bales.
OA Cleveland, professor emeritus, Mississippi State University, projected about 4.3 million cotton bales from the country’s southeast region, and another 3.8 million bales from the mid-south region.
Jarral Neeper, President of Calcot, said California region might produce a near-record yield this year. He projects a total of 1.2 million bales from the state, of which Pima cotton would make up about 703,000 bales, while upland cotton would make up another 512,000 bales.
For Arizona, Neeper expects a total of 667,000 bales, with Pima cotton contributing only 8,000 bales to the output. He projects the overall cotton production in the Far West to be around 1.9 million bales.

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