VISALIA, Calif. - Jeff Elder, vice president, cotton marketing for J.G. Boswell Co., will present the Pima cotton market outlook and acreage report at this year’s Pima Production Summit at the Visalia Convention Center May 11.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. There will be a continental breakfast with the first presentation at 9 a.m.

Sponsors of the summit are Western Farm Press, California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, University of California Cooperative Extension and Supima.

Along with the marketing outlook, there will be presentations from University of California Extension farm advisors and specialist on Pima research, a variety update as well as a grower panel.

Marc Lewkowitz, executive vice president of Supima, will give an update on promotional activities from the association. Sales of high-end cotton products made from Pima and other Extra Long Staple cottons are the fastest growing segment of the cotton textile business.

Elder’s presentation will be of particular interest because Boswell is the largest Pima grower in the valley and has been a leader in marketing SJV Pima cotton. Boswell also is part owner of Phytogen Seed Co., which is developing new Pima varieties. One experimental, Phytogen 800, is in its final year of testing before the San Joaquin Valley Cotton Board. It is one of the highest quality Pimas developed for the valley and represents a new generation of Pimas. Until now, most of the varieties grown in the valley were developed in Arizona.

Boswell is planting a substantial acreage of Phytogen 800, and Elder will talk about its marketing potential.

SJV Pima acreage will be up sharply this season, according to USDA’s latest acreage estimates. The National Agriculture Statistical Service projects SJV Pima acreage will total 200,000 acres in 2004, up from 150,000 acres last season. Several believe that is a conservative estimate.

The total estimated acres planted to Pima for the 2004/05-crop year in the U.S. are expected to be 226,600 acres. Last year there were 179,100 acres.

New Mexico is the only other U.S. Pima belt state expected to show an acreage increase from 6,100 last years to 8,000 this season. Arizona and West Texas acreage will drop, according to USDA.

The Pima Production Summit is free.

There will be a lunch sponsored by the commercial exhibitors. The program will conclude by 3 p.m.

For more information on the Pima Production Summit, contact Harry Cline, editor, Western Farm Press, California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, University of California Cooperative Extension or the Supima Association.

e-mail: hcline@primediabusiness.com