Following is a country bycountry description for each marker in the crop tables.
All foreign currencies havebeen converted to U.S. dollars ($). We also convert support prices for sugar cane into their raw sugarequivalent using Commercial Cane Sugar content (CCS) of 13%.
Careful consideration shouldbe given when comparing seed cotton support prices to cotton support expressedin pounds of cotton lint. In caseswhere cotton price supports were reported in terms of domestic price per unitof seed cotton, we assumed a ginning ratio of 33% and converted the support todollars per pound of lint. However, when comparing lint equivalent support prices between countries,it is important to note differences in cotton production and marketingsystems. In countries that offerprice support payments or a guaranteed price on a seed cotton basis (e.g. theWest African countries), producers do not incur ginning costs or receivecottonseed revenue. In other caseswhere producers are guaranteed a minimum price on cotton lint (e.g. the UnitedStates by way of the loan rate), producers bear the cost of cotton ginning andsell their own seed. Using U.S.average production costs and returns, ginning charges less cottonseed revenueadd about $0.05/lb of lint to the cost of producing cotton in the United Statesthat producers in other nations may not have to bear