Preliminary Pink Bollworm Numbers Are In – Acreages Lower than Expected

The preliminary acreages as determined by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Pink Bollworm Program are in and slightly lower than predicted back in March.  The current estimate is now at a total of 160,000 acres statewide with 153,410 acres in the San Joaquin Valley, 4,755 acres in Southern California and an estimated 2,819 acres in the Sacramento Valley.  The breakdown in the San Joaquin Valley is as follows:

Fresno County –                38,140

Kern County –                    20,845

Kings County –                   51,385

Madera County –                    735

Merced County –               31,955

Tulare County –                    9,900

Total =                               160,806


In Southern California, the breakdown is as follows:

Imperial County –             1,262

Riverside County –           3,315

Total =                               4,577

In Northern California, acres are estimated to be at 2,819 in total.  In terms of variety, the pima vs. upland/acala has yet to be determined.  We will notify everyone when that becomes available.

Please be advised that the acres listed are based on Pink Bollworm Program field mapping techniques are intended for use on PBW Program detection and control activities and are not assumed to represent exact cotton acreage planted in California.