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Cotton production for 2006

Jan '07
MY 2006 Turkish cotton production is estimated to be about 875,000 MT (4 million bales). Cotton planting has increased in all regions in MY 2006 and early season production estimates were about 950,000 MT (4.3 million bales) but excessive rains during harvest damaged the fields and some cotton was left in the fields, lowering total production.

During MY 2005 Turkey imported 744,000 MT (3.4 million bales) of cotton; the United States was the leading supplier with 412,000 MT (1.9 million bales). In MY 2006, a projected increase in cotton consumption combined with a lack of quality cotton in the domestic market and from Greece (Turkey's number two supplier) is expected to increase import demand for U.S. cotton.

MY 2006 Turkish cotton planted area rose significantly to 670,000 hectares, compared to 560,000 hectares the previous year and early season estimates for the crop were as high as 950,000 MT (4.3 million bales). Almost all the Turkish cotton fields are irrigated, and increased use of certified seeds has supported higher yields.

But excessive rains during the picking season in all cotton producing areas adversely affected quality and total production. In some areas, particularly in the Cukurova region, severe rains and subsequent flooding damaged cotton crop quality and yield to the extent that it was not feasible for farmers to pick all their cotton so some has been left in the fields. Increased machine picking prior to the rains reported to prevent further loses of crop.

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