Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Cotton farmers have withstood extreme volatility over the five years to 2013, especially as a result of world cotton shortages, which prompted US growers to increase exports. However, most recently, deteriorating revenue has been a result of plummeting world cotton prices, the receding level of industry assistance programs and record-high stockpiles. Unsurprisingly, the next five years, from 2013-2018, are anticipated to exhibit much of the same volatility and uncertainty for cotton farmers... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Harvested cotton derives its value from the fiber, or lint, as well as from the seed. The two parts are separated from the husk during the ginning process. Cotton is grown as an annual plant in the United States, whereas it is grown perennially in more tropical climates. Cotton is typically planted between March and June and harvested in the final four months of the year. There are two varieties of cotton grown within the United States: upland and American Pima (also known as extra-long staple or ELS). The share of revenue generated by the two types of cotton is fairly stable, but fluctuates incrementally due to adjustments in market values and total planted acreage.
The predominant type of cotton grown in the United States is American upland... purchase to read more