California Cotton Crops Expected to Increase

The United States Department of Agriculture reported that California farmers are expected to plant 100,000 acres of Upland cotton. This is a 41 percent increase from 2009.
The increase shows that the cotton crop, which has been nearly scarce across California in recent years, are making a comeback. This is a trend found across many parts of the country.
California farmers are also expected to plant 165,000 acres of American Pima cotton, a 39 percent increase from last year.
In Fresno County 69,800 acres of cotton was harvested in 2008 totaling $117.7 million.
These numbers come from the USDA’s annual report that farmers use as a guide for picking and planting crops. Although the numbers are not exact, they are a rough guess as to what farmers can expect. The numbers will increase and decrease as farmers report their actual yields to the USDA.
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