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Production Practices and Economic Performance for Organic Cotton Northern San Joaquin Valley - 1995

Karen Klonsky, Laura Tourte, Sean Swezey


Many of the production practices for organically grown cotton are similar to that of the conventionally grown crop. Differences are seen primarily in soil fertility and pest management, and in boll maturation and defoliation. Harvest and ginning practices are somewhat modified. Yields range from 1.3 to 2.5 (500 pound) bales cotton lint per acre. Returns range from $1.00 to $1.50 per pound lint with an organic premium. Cost calculations indicate that growers must receive a price premium for the crop to remain economically viable.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1996 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 172 - 174
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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