Arizona’s all cotton production for 2007 is estimated at 505,000 bales, 11 percent lower than the final 2006 production. All acres for harvest, at 170,500, are down 24,500 acres from 2006. All cotton yield, at 1,422 pounds per acre, is up 20 pounds from last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service — Arizona Field Office.

Upland cotton production is expected to total 500,000 bales, down 10 percent from the 2006 crop. Yield is estimated at 1,429 pounds per acre, compared to 1,420 pounds per acre last year. Harvested acreage at 168,000 acres is down from 188,000 acres harvested in 2006.

Arizona’s American-Pima production is estimated at 5,000 bales for 2007. Harvested area is estimated at 2,500 acres for an average yield of 960 pounds per acre.

U.S. upland cotton production is estimated at 18.2 million 480-pound 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. Upland planted area, estimated at 10.5 million acres, is 30 percent below last year.

American-Pima producers planted 292,300 acres, down 10 percent from last year. Harvested area, at 288,200 acres, is down 1 percent from last year. Production is estimated at a record high 825,000 bales (480-pound), 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.

California producers are expecting a record high production of 760,000 bales with a yield of 1,419 pounds, the second highest yield on record. The crop progressed normally throughout the summer and fall with excellent cotton growing weather. Harvest was complete by the end of November.

Arizona’s cottonseed production for 2007 is estimated at 193,000 tons, down 10 percent from last year. U.S. cottonseed production is expected to total 6.60 million tons, down 10 percent from 2006.