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USDA projects record world cotton crop

WASHINGTON, D.C. — USDA’s projections for the U.S. cotton situation for 2004-05 remained unchanged from last month. In its June 10 crop production and supply/demand estimates, USDA projected world production at a record 102.9 million bales, marginally above last month. Production is projected 10 percent above the 2003-04 season, due mainly to increases for China, Australia, Pakistan, and Brazil, which are partially offset by decreases for India and the United States.

World consumption is projected at 99.9 million bales, 1 percent above last month and 1.3 percent above 2003-04. Continued strong growth in China’s textile activity is driving the year-to-year increase in world consumption, as consumption in the United States and in many foreign countries outside China is projected to decline. World trade is raised slightly from last month. Global stocks are projected to rise 10 percent from the 2003-04 level.

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