MEXICALI.- The cotton crops of the spring-summer 2017 agricultural cycle shows a good phenological development, this could be verified during a working tour carried out in the Mexicali Valley, by the Delegate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in Baja California, engineer Guillermo Aldrete Haas.
He emphasized that the tour started in Colonia La Puerta, on lot # 9 owned by the farmer, Juan Cortéz Pérez, who this year planted 20 hectares of cotton.
At that point, the staff of the Rural Development District 002, Río Colorado, Delta Support Center for Rural Development (Centro de Apoyo al Desarrollo Rural: CADER) and the National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias: INIFAP) gave a technical explanation on the phenological conditions of the crop and on the factors that have led to the cotton’s optimum conditions development.
In this sense, they stated that the optimum development is taking place this year due to the fact that the heavy rains have not strongly impacted the crop in this area, and another favorable factor is related to proper control of pests carried out by the producers in coordination with their technical staff.
Aldrete Haas, saw with optimism that although in these lands of the Mexicali valley are not the best for the sowing of cotton, the crop is behaving in a favorable way and with ample possibilities of generating an estimated average of 6.5 bales per hectare, according to the estimatios made by the investigators that participated in this working tour.
The cotton crop of the spring-summer 2017 agricultural cycle, presents the following breakthrough: surface area: 26,191 hectares; planted area: 25,789 hectares; watered area: 25,789 hectares and cultivated surface area: 25,789 hectares.