Depressed cotton prices and a short water supply have weighed heavily on predicted cotton acreage in California this year as we start the 2020 planting season. As a result, California is preliminarily expecting a 22% decrease in overall cotton acreage for 2020.
According to preliminary planting intentions survey conducted by the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association this month, the Association is currently estimating approximately 145,300 acres of Pima, 17,300 acres of Hazera and 40,900 acres of upland statewide for the 2020 cotton season. That’s plus or minus 10%.
These projections are based on surveys of all the gins in California.
Things could change when planting wraps up and final field surveys are completed by CDFA. If it plays out, we will see a 20% decrease in Pima acreage and a 27% decrease in upland acreage in California as compared to 2019.
Again, this is preliminary but reflects what all gins are reporting.