The central San Joaquin Valley cotton harvest is about 80% complete, industry officials said this week.
The Valley grows several varieties, including the long-fiber pima cotton that is harvested later in the season.
According to Calcot, the 87-year-old company that is the nation's oldest cotton cooperative, the state's annual production varies depending on market and weather variables, but generally checks in at around 2 million bales.
According to federal figures, there are nearly 2,000 cotton farms in California, with an average size of 500 acres.
Calcot says California is frequently the second highest-producing state in the U.S., behind Texas thanks to high yields; 1,200 to 1,300 pounds per acre is not uncommon, compared to the average U.S. yield of 615 pounds.