California cotton growers planted want they indicated they would plant this season, according to preliminary California Department of Food and Agriculture pink bollworm program field mapping.

The CDFA program mapping turned up 451,840 acres planted. USDA/NASS field office in March indicated growers would plant 460,000 acres.

Preliminary pink bollworm program acreage numbers break down as follows: San Joaquin Valley, 428,340 acres; Southern Valleys, 18,000 acres and Sacramento Valley, 5,500 acres. The total acreage of 451,840 acres in ’07 is down from 560,000 acres grown in ’06. The splits on uplands and Pima acres will not be available from the pink bollworm program until mid August.

This count also does not reflect any abandonments due to water shortages on the West Side of the San Joaquin Valley.