The USDA-NASS, Pacific Regional Office released the crop production forecast for November. The latest survey, which was conducted during the last week of November and the first week of December, included the following commodities:
Cotton – Upland cotton production in California is forecast at 260 thousand bales, up 4 percent from the November forecast and up 58 percent from last year. Harvested acreage of 65 thousand acres resulted in a yield of 1,920 pounds per acre. American Pima cotton production is forecast at 484 thousand bales, the same as last month, but up 34 percent from the 2015 crop. With harvested acreage at 153 thousand acres, the yield is forecast at 1,518 pounds per acre.
Sugarcane – Sugarcane production in Hawaii is forecast at 1.37 million tons. Harvested acreage is forecast at 14.9 thousand acres, down 11 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 91.9 tons per acre, unchanged from November.
Production forecasts are released on a monthly basis and do not reflect final production estimates. Late summer and fall harvests may change these estimates considerably. The next production forecast will be issued January 12, 2017.