Cotton prices fell for a fourth straight session as traders left weather worries in the past.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its estimate for U.S. cotton production by 1.2 million bales to 21.76 million bales this month, or 27% higher year-on-year but hasn’t yet taken into account the impact of recent hurricanes.
The agency said in its weekly progress report that 44% of cotton was in good condition, as of the week ended Sept. 17, and 17% in excellent condition, versus 46% in good condition and 17% in excellent condition the previous week–with about 11% of cotton harvested.
“There will probably be some quality losses from the previous storms, and USDA did show deteriorating quality on Monday night,” said Jack Scoville at Price Futures Group in Chicago.
In other markets, raw sugar for March rose 0.3% to 14.78 cents a pound, cocoa for December added 0.2% to $,2024 a ton, arabica coffee for December gained 0.6% to $1.358 a pound and frozen concentrated orange juice for November shed 1% to $1.508 a pound.
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