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Texas Tech research seeks new uses for low-grade cotton

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The use of masks, whether they are cloth, N-95 or some other iteration, is being touted by health care professionals and governmental leaders as the main mitigating act the public can undertake in the battle against the novel coronavirus. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States, people in communities across the country have stepped up, making masks for ... Read More »

Sensor-equipped drones help detect crop stress, aid decision making

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When a human or an animal gets sick or is stressed, their temperatures can go up. The same is true for plants. A researcher with Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is using drones to detect crop growth conditions in agricultural fields, with temperature variation being one of the ways scientists can see if there is a ... Read More »

Virus war and the textile sector

• By Seshadri Ramkumar • Advanced textiles to apparel manufacturers are turning creative to support the fight against the invisible enemy. As the coronavirus is a novel strain, vaccines and medications are not yet readily available to treat the infected, meaning good hygiene practices will play a greater part in preventing its transmission. The textile sector has received greater attention ... Read More »

Weaker global demand reinforces need to create new opportunities

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• By Seshadri Ramkumar • Finding new markets and applications is vital for the global cotton sector. With the commencement of harvest in the High Plains of Texas, stakeholders of this important sector gathered Oct. 18 at the Lubbock, Texas-based Plains Cotton Growers Inc. The yield may not be a bumper as expected due to the hot July and August ... Read More »

Study finds low-grade cotton may have use as valuable gel

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A big part of what makes West Texas one of the leading cotton-producing regions in the world is the hot, dry weather that defines the area and is ideal for encouraging cotton growth. But that weather also can be unpredictable and can influence cotton crops negatively as well. When that happens, farmers may be able to salvage as much of their ... Read More »

What is going on in the cotton market?

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• By Seshadri Ramkumar • Demand, trade wars and global economic scenarios are all playing their part in the weak cotton market. About 80 people involved in different aspects of the cotton sector gathered recently in the new building of Lubbock, Texas-based Plains Cotton Growers Inc. and discussed the current cotton scenario. Cotton demand is weak, says Darren Hudson, a ... Read More »