USDA NASS BUMPS 2009 COTTON PRODUCTION
ESTIMATE; HIGH PLAINS CROP UP TO 3.9 MIL. BALES

 

Friday, December 11, 2009                       By Shawn Wade

      According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Upland cotton prospects for the 2009 growing season have improved slightly over the last month. According to the December 10, 2009 Crop Production report, 2009 Upland cotton production is now projected to reach 12.225 million bales, up 96,000 bales from the November report.

      In the December report the biggest change occurred on the Texas High Plains with estimated production raised to 3.9 million. An increase of 210,000 bales from the previous month's 3.69 million bale estimate. Yield and production adjustments in other parts of the state brought Texas brought Texas production up to 5.0 million bales. Beltwide, the December production forecast was lower in six states, stayed the same in three states, and rose in Texas and six other states.

      Upward yield adjustments in High Plains districts 1-N and 1-S were the catalyst for the USDA's December increases. Projected yield in the Northern High Plains region (1-N) was increased 95 pounds, to 998 pounds per acre, based on the USDA analysis. Yield prospects in the Southern High Plains region (1-S) also rose, albeit more modestly, to 676 pounds per acre from the previous month's forecast of 649 pounds.

      As always, USDA's production estimates are reported in terms of statistical 480-pound bales. Cotton bales delivered from a gin, typically referred to as 'running' bales, are generally a little heavier than the 480-pound statistical average.

      An adjustment of the region's 3.9 million bale Upland cotton forecast from the 480-pound statistical bales to running bales would indicate a crop of around 3.78 million running bales.

      That conversion appears to align fairly well with gin surveys received by the Lubbock and Lamesa USDA Agriculture Market Service Cotton Classing offices. Earlier Classing office survey responses had indicated the two offices would process samples from approximately 3.7 million running bales this season.

 

TEXAS UPLAND COTTON

DISTRICT ESTIMATES, 2008 AND 2009 1/

 

Districts

Planted Acres

Harvested Acres

Yield Per Acre

Production

 

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

 

1,000 acres

1,000 acres

Pounds

1,000 bales

1-N

616.4

595.0

554.2

505.0

864

998

997.3

1,050.0

1-S

2,648.5

2,685.0

1,350.1

2,025.0

683

676

1,920.6

2,850.0

2-N

348.5

325.0

247.8

280.0

526

531

271.7

310.0

2-S

473.8

505.0

416.6

450.0

464

373

402.9

350.0

4

89.7

60.0

89.1

59.0

491

488

91.1

60.0

7

178.4

175.0

122.0

160.0

605

405

153.8

135.0

8-N

61.8

50.0

52.7

30.0

640

480

70.3

30.0

8-S

276.3

340.0

221.3

20.0

563

480

259.4

20.0

9

119.4

90.0

117.5

85.0

696

452

170.3

80.0

10-S

97.8

75.0

21.4

30.0

413

640

18.4

40.0

Other districts

89.4

100.0

57.3

56.0

789

643

94.2

75.0

STATE

5,000.0

5,000.0

3,250.0

3,700.0

657

649

4,450.0

5,000.0

Source: USDA NASS, 1/ Preliminary, December, 2009.

 

LUBBOCK, TX TO HOST 69TH PLENARY MEETING
OF THE INTERNATIONAL COTTON ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

      On December 8 the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) released news that the 69th ICAC Plenary Meeting will be conducted during the week of September 20, 2010 in Lubbock, Texas (USA).

      The Standing Committee of the ICAC accepted an invitation to hold the meeting in Lubbock from the Government of the United States at a meeting December 8. Delegates of Member Countries expressed their appreciation to the United States for its hospitality. There are currently 43 ICAC member countries.

      Plenary Meeting attendees will have a chance to visit industry officials and see harvesting, ginning, transportation and classing activities. The United States looks forward to sharing its cotton experience and warm Texas hospitality with ICAC delegates.

      Registration material and details about hotels, the agenda and travel will be available in the first half of 2010.

      The State of Texas accounts for 40% of U.S. cotton production, and Lubbock County alone produces 10% of the cotton in Texas. Lubbock is a focal point of cotton activities, including research, production and processing. Lubbock is also home to Texas Tech University, which has extensive cotton research and extension activities, and the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute. There are a host of cotton related enterprises in Lubbock, including Plains Cotton Cooperative, one of the busiest USDA cotton classing facilities, an office of Bayer Crop Science and many private merchants.

About the ICAC

      The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) was established in 1939 to assist governments in fostering a healthy international cotton economy by raising awareness, providing information, and acting as a catalyst for cooperative action on cotton issues of international significance.

      Headquartered in Washington, DC, the ICAC specifically provides statistics on world cotton production, consumption, trade and stocks, while also working to identify emerging changes in the structure of the world cotton market.

      Other important functions of the ICAC are to serve as a clearinghouse for technical information about cotton and cotton textiles; to serve as an objective forum for discussion of cotton matters of international significance; and to represent the international cotton industry before United Nations (UN) agencies and other international organizations.

      Additional information about the ICAC and its activities can be found on the internet at: http://www.icac.org

 

 

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EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
THROUGH 12/23 FOR 2010 BELTWIDE COTTON CONFERENCES

 

      The National Cotton Council (NCC) has announced that early registration for the 2010 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC) has been extended until December 23, 2009.

      For those who have not made arrangements and are planning to attend, registration and housing reservations can be done easily online by visiting the BWCC website, http://www.cotton.org/beltwide, and clicking on the respective registration and housing links. Room reservations must be made by December 15th to ensure the conference rate. Room reservations can be made online or by calling the headquarters hotels -- the New Orleans Marriott (504-581-1000) and Sheraton New Orleans (504-525-2500).

      NCC and Cotton Foundation members along with researchers, consultants, Extension personnel and association representatives can register for $125 through December 23. After that date, the registration cost is $150 for those groups.

      The final 2010 Beltwide Cotton Conference programming also is available at http://www.cotton.org/beltwide.

 

2009 HIGH PLAINS COTTON QUALITY SUMMARY

 

      The following is a summary of the cotton classed at the Lubbock and Lamesa USDA Cotton Division Cotton Classing Offices for the 2009 production season.

 

Current Week:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

97,435

21+ - 77.6%

31 – 19.7%

2.61

35.58

Lubbock

223,118

21+ - 44.8%

31 - 45.5%

3.21

35.81

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

3.87

29.55

80.05

19.7%

Lubbock

3.44

29.15

79.65

48.4%

 

 

Season Totals To Date:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

735,586

21+ - 74.4%

31 – 23.2%

2.71

35.68

Lubbock

1,891,854

21+ - 52.7%

31 – 40.2%

3.20

35.97

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

4.05

29.74

80.38

19.0%

Lubbock

3.68

29.81

80.20

29.8%

Source: USDA AMS