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Major World Cotton Producers

Ronald R. Roberson


Nearly 80 percent of the world's cotton output is harvested by seven countries, all but one is above the equator. As of December 1997, world cotton production for 1997/98 is forecast at 90.1 million 480-pound bales, up 1 percent from the 1996/97 crop. World area is forecast to increase just under one-half a percent while yield is up a similar amount from a year ago. The world's largest cotton producers, the United States and China, are projected to account for 42 percent of global production, down from 43 percent last year.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 276 - 277
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