College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, The University of Arizona


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Cooperative Extension
Agricultural Experiment Station
The University of Arizona, Tucson
U.S. Department of Agriculture


High stocks-to-use ratios for cotton have persisted for the last three years and market conditions have presented limited pricing opportunities above 50¢/lb. The average farm price received for the U.S. and Arizona is estimated at 47.3¢ and 52.5¢ for the 2006/07 marketing year. U.S. production declined 9.6% or 2.3 million bales from 2005 while foreign production increased by 4.7 million bales or 5.2%. Farm program support has remained an important component of revenues for cotton producers and the cotton sector is closely monitoring policies that will be shaped in the 2007 Farm Bill. About 30% of annual revenues for cotton producers have come from government payments in recent years.

Performance of new technologies and genetic varieties along with the continued efficacy of established technologies and practices, for production regimes that vary from the low desert of Yuma to the high desert elevations in Southeast Arizona are the focus of articles included in the 2007 University of Arizona Cotton Report. This report is intended to provide scientific and unbiased information that will empower the irrigated cotton industry, particularly producers, in Arizona and the desert Southwest to improve their economic vitality.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona is proud to be a part of the agricultural community of Arizona. The efforts of many scientists, students, technicians, and grower-cooperators are highlighted in this Cotton Report.

Colin Kaltenbach
Dean and Director
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The University of Arizona is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Any products, services, or organizations that are mentioned, shown, or indirectly implied in this publication do not imply endorsement by the University of Arizona.
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Issued July 2007
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