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In This Issue
It Was A Year Unlike Any Other
Despite Volatile Season, Outlook Is Optimistic
After Record Drought, Texas Hopeful About 2012
Can We Do Anything About The Weather?
South Georgia Crop – Rough Start, Great Finish
Research Priorities Are Changing
Labor Issues Remain Crucial For Industry
Residual Herbicides Effective On N.C. Pigweed
Another Option For Producers – Conventional Cotton
Commodity Groups Want Fairness In Bill
Farm Bureau Unhappy With EPA
Asia Pacific Region – Key Market For U.S. Ag
BWCC Ginning Conference Features High-Tech Applications
California Producers Hurry To Finish Harvest
USDA Seeks Help For Arizona Rural Areas
FSA Begins Task Of County Committee Elections
California County Farm Bureaus Honored
CFBF Adds Field Rep To Staff
Web Poll: Conventional Back In The Mix
Cotton's Agenda
What Customers Want
Editor's Note
Industry Comments
Specialists Speaking
Industry News
Cotton Ginners Marketplace
My Turn: The Changing Landscape


Quality Cotton Opens Markets For U.S. Farmers

By Dean Ethridge
Fiber & Biopolymer Research Institute
Texas Tech University
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Dean EthridgeOpportunity Knocks
The largest market and the most valuable use of cotton fibers is for spinning yarns used to make knitted and woven fabrics. To yarn spinners, cotton fibers are an industrial raw material that performs according to relevant physical properties. This explains the value of HVI, which enables both farmers and manufacturers to better understand what properties are needed and to match the fibers with the markets. Improvements in farmer-to-spinner linkages will enable increased market access and improved pricing efficiency.

Profiting By Serving Global Markets
There are markets for all cotton fibers, but the valuable spinning markets around the world are focused on the physical attributes of length, strength and fineness. The two major spinning technologies are ring and open-end rotor, with the world outside the United States dominated by ring spinning.

Until the FiberMax revolution was brought to Texas, most of the state’s cotton lacked the combination of fiber properties to serve the needs of ring spinners; in particular, the fiber length was inadequate

Texas now produces some of the longest fibers in the United States and is a major raw material source for ring-spun yarns around the world.

The combination of increased yields and improved fiber properties has resulted in billions of dollars in additional revenue to Texas cotton producers.

Yield, Quality Drive Success
While yield is the single most important factor to cotton farmers, the combination of yield and fiber quality will determine the long-term winners in global competition. This is true among the cotton-producing countries but also between global cotton and global man-made fibers.

Yield is necessary, but adding quality provides a sufficient condition for success.

From Fiber To Fabric


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