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Ariz. cotton growers are seeing large yields

Published on December 8, 2010 3:01AM

Last changed on December 8, 2010 4:40AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Cotton growers in Arizona who recently wrapped up their harvest are seeing large yields.

Arizona has averaged 1,492 pounds of cotton per acre. That's 5 or 6 pounds more than last year.

Cotton prices have skyrocketed up to $2 a pound, the highest since the Civil War. The hike is attributed to the world's lowest cotton supply since 1994.

This year Arizona used about 200,000 acres of agricultural land to grow cotton. That's up from 150,000 acres in 2009.

But while acreage numbers are climbing, some counties are losing agricultural land to housing and commercial development.

Pinal County is the largest cotton producer in Arizona, with almost 74,000 acres dedicated to cotton. Maricopa County is the second largest with 26,000 acres.


Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

Copyright 2010 The AP.


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