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Arizona Cotton: Can You Guess How Many Acres We’ll Harvest this Year? October 19, 2011

Once Valledupar's main economic produce; Cotton

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By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Burau

It’s gearing up for a big, busy and bountiful cotton harvest time in Arizona! The USDA and National Cotton Council are still trying to get their arms around just how much cotton we’ve planted this season, but we’re coming close to an accurate count.

As early as February, the National Cotton Council estimated the Arizona cotton crop for this year was around 250,000 acres. Later, the USDA confirmed it. But then our Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council estimates our cotton crop at 263,000 acres here in Arizona.

Either way, it’s still quite a bit more acreage than the 120,000 at our lowest planting year.

In some ways, it seems like a good time to be farming. And in many ways, that’s true. But we need to take in the full scope of what it means to farm in our current economic times.

Unlike our keen and resourceful modern-day farmers, I would not be able to take on the costs of farming today’s Arizona cotton. But then, that’s part of why I don’t get to call myself a farmer anymore.


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