Chinese tariffs, depressed cotton prices, but an abundant supply of water have sent mixed messages to cotton growers as they head into the 2019 planting season. As a result, California is preliminarily only expecting a 1.5% increase in overall cotton acreage for 2019.
According to preliminary planting intentions survey conducted by the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association this month, the Association is currently estimating approximately 184,000 acres of pima, 17,000 acres of Hazera and 60,000 acres of upland statewide for the 2019 cotton season plus or minus 10%. This survey is based on surveys from all of the gins in California and things could change when final field surveys are completed by CDFA. If it plays out, it will represent a 4% decrease in pima acreage and a 25% increase in upland acreage in California as compared to 2018. Again, this is preliminary, but reflects what all gins are reporting.