Arizona’s 139,000 acres of upland cotton for harvest are expected to produce 420,000 bales, up 4 percent from the 2008 crop, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office.

P As of Dec. 1, the Arizona upland yield is estimated at 1,450 pounds per acre, down 12 pounds from last year.

Arizona’s American-Pima yield was forecast at 997 pounds per acre in August and this forecast has been carried forward each month. Production is expected to produce 2,700 bales, compared to 800 last year. Harvested acres are estimated at 1,300, compared to 800 last year.

For the U.S., all-cotton production is forecast at 12.6 million 480-pound bales, up 1 percent from last month but down 2 percent from last year. Upland cotton production is forecast at 12.2 million 480-pound bales, up 1 percent from last month, but down 1 percent from last year.

Producers in the Southeast region are expecting increased yields due to ideal weather conditions for this year's late-planted crop. Texas producers are also expecting higher yields. Upland growers in California, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, and Oklahoma are expecting record high yields.

The U.S. American-Pima production forecast at 367,000 bales was carried forward from the August 2009 forecast.

• Citrus

Arizona’s lemon production is expected to total 2.5 million boxes during the 2009-2010 season, down 17 percent from last season. Lemon production for the U.S. is expected to total 22.5 million boxes, a 10 percent decrease from the 2008-2009 season.

Tangerine and tangelo production in Arizona is expected to increase by 100,000 boxes to 350,000 boxes. U.S. production is expected to total 12,150 boxes, up 13 percent from last season.