California Upland Cotton Acres At Record Low
With California farmers starring at a nasty drought a first look at field crop intentions in 2014 shows dramatically reduced acreage likely to be planted.
Hard hit this year will be upland cotton where USDA says cotton acreage is expected to be down 35% from acreage planted last year. Only 60,000 acres could be planted based on a March 1 survey. That would be a record low for upland that once saw plantings as high as 1.7 million acres in the state. For 2014 Pima type cotton may be down 28% to 135,000 acres.
Meanwhile corn acreage is likely to fall 28% to 430,000 acres in the state.Wheat acreage is down about 15%
Bucking the trend is expected hay production – slated to rise 1% this year with high prices and tight demand.
While California cotton acres are expected to be way down US cotton producers are saying they want to plant 7% more cotton.