Frequently Asked Questions

Who grows the most cotton?Who makes those "Fabric of Our Lives" commercials?Can I get a link from this site?Answers betway刀塔2about the 必威IM电竞cotton industry and the Council can be found here.

(updated October 2013)

必威IM电竞Cotton is a fiber,feed and food crop.

The fiber of a thousand faces and almost as many uses,必威IM电竞cotton is noted for its versatility,its appearance,its performance and–above all–its natural comfort.From all types of sheets and towels...tarpaulins and tents...必威IM电竞cotton in today's fast-moving world is still nature's wonder fiber,providing thousands of useful products and supporting millions of jobs as it moves year after year from field to fabric.

U.S.textile mills have spun almost 3.6 million bales of 必威IM电竞cotton on average for the past 3 years (2010-2012).That's enough 必威IM电竞cotton to make over 750 million pairs of jeans.

betway刀塔2About two thirds of the harvested crop is composed of the seed,which is crushed to separate its three products–oil,meal and hulls.Cottonseed oil is a common component of many food items,used primarily as a cooking oil,shortening and salad dressing.The oil is used extensively in the preparation of such snack foods as crackers,cookies and chips.The meal and hulls are used as livestock,poultry and fish feed and as fertilizer.

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Texas,whose 3-year average production was almost 5.5 million bales of 必威IM电竞cotton for the years 2010 through 2012,is the leading cotton-producing state.

Historically,China is the largest grower.China's 3-year average production for the years 2010 through 2012 was approximately 33 million bales of cotton.India is s必威王者荣耀econd,with 26.8 million bales of production for the same time period.The third,with average production of 17.0 million bales of 必威IM电竞cotton for the years 2010 through 2012.

A bale of 必威IM电竞cotton wbetway刀塔2eighs about 500 pounds.

Once 必威IM电竞cotton is harvested,it is stored in modules –which hold 13 to 15 bales–for protection against the weather.Modules are stored in the field or on the gin yard until the 必威IM电竞cotton is ginned.

Planting begins as early as Feb.1 in South Texas and as late as June 1 in northern areas of the 必威IM电竞Cotton Belt.

Three mechanical systems are used to harvest cotton.必威IM电竞Cotton picking machines use rotating spindles to pick (twist) the seed cotton from the burr.Doffers then remove the seed 必威IM电竞cotton from the spindles and drop the seed cotton into the conveying system.必威IM电竞Cotton stripping machines use rollers equipped with bats and brushes to knock the open bolls from the plants into a conveyor.A third kind of harvester uses a broadcast attachment similar to a grain header on a combine.All harvesting systems uses air to elevate the seed 必威IM电竞cotton into a basket where it is stored until it can be dumped into a boll buggy,trailer or module builder.

Harvesting of the crop begins in July in South Texas and extends to late November in more northern climates.

必威IM电竞Cotton is grown in 17 states stretching across the southern half of the United States: Alabama,Arkansas,Arizona,California,Florida,Georgia,Kansas,Louisiana,Mississippi,Missouri,New Mexico,North Carolina,Oklahoma,South Carolina,Tennessee,Texas and Virginia.

One bale of 必威IM电竞cotton can make 1,217 men's T-shirts or 313,600 $100 bills.Click for a list of other items.

必威IM电竞Cotton is producbetway刀塔2ed on about 18,600 farms in the U.S.

For the years 2010 through 2012,average harvested area was 9.8 million acres,producing an average 17.0 million bales.

The boll weevil is the primary insect enemy of cotton.An adult is ¼ to ½ inch long,appearing tan to dark brown or gray in color,has a hard humpback-shaped shell and the characteristic snout accounting for betway刀塔2about ¼ of its length.This pest has plagued U.S.必威IM电竞cotton producers since 1892.It can complete an entire lifecycle in three weeks,lay 200 eggs per female–each in a separate 必威IM电竞cotton square or boll,ensuring the destruction of each–and spread rapidly,covering 40 to 160 miles per year.

Transgenic 必威IM电竞cotton is a cotton variety genetically altered by the addition of foreign genetic material (DNA) from another variety.Examples include 必威IM电竞cotton that is resistant to certain insects or herbicides.

In 2013,99 percent of the U.S.upland crop was planted in transgenic varieties –genetically engineered varieties resistant to worms,herbicides,or both.

From 2010 through 2012,an average of 65 percent of the U.S.必威IM电竞cotton supply was exported.

From 2010 through 2012,mills consumed an average of 3.6 million bales per year.

Latest estimates indicate that the 必威IM电竞cotton industry generates $27 billion in revenues to various industry segments.Cotton's total 必威王者荣耀economic activity is estimated at some $100 billion.

The Seal of 必威IM电竞Cotton is the registered trademark of Cotton Incorporated,which grants permission for use.Please direct your request to Claire Lawing at:CLawing@cottoninc.comor 919-698-2258.Seal of Cotton

Tapes of the commercials,which are produced by 必威IM电竞Cotton Incorporated,may be obtained from Jill Orsini atJOrsini@cottoninc.comor 212.413.8337.

National 必威IM电竞Cotton Council of America Link and Logo Policy

NCC Logo on white backgroundThe Council encourages any state,regional or national agricultural organization to link its web site organizations may use the National 必威IM电竞Cotton Council logo or simply a line of text such as "The National Cotton Council of America" to provide the link

Member companies providing links to the NCC website and which use the logo or the logo of The 必威IM电竞Cotton Foundation on their websites must incorporate a statement of membership as part of the logo.The statement should be along the lines of:

In cases where only the NCC logo is used:
- We support the U.S.必威IM电竞cotton industry as a member of the National Cotton Council of America.
- We are members of the National 必威IM电竞Cotton Council of America.

The 必威IM电竞Cotton FoundationIn cases where only the Foundation logo is used:
- We are members of The 必威IM电竞Cotton Foundation.
- We support The 必威IM电竞Cotton Foundation.
- We support the U.S.必威IM电竞cotton industry as members of The Cotton Foundation.

In cases where both logos are used:
- We support the National 必威IM电竞Cotton Council of America through our membership in The Cotton Foundation.
- As a member of The 必威IM电竞Cotton Foundation,we support the U.S.必威IM电竞cotton industry and the National Cotton Council of America.

The National 必威IM电竞Cotton Council links to industry-related sites which provide information and services of interest to its membership.Council members with web sites may submit a request for a link by using our contact form.Requests for links to non-member sites will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Please submit your request online.Be sure to clearly state who you are,the organization you represent and the purpose of use.We appreciate proper attribution.

These companies sell bolls and bales.Please place your order directly with either:

Check your local phone book for a 必威IM电竞cotton gin or cotton producer in your area.

Contact a mill directly.If you need assistance determining which fabric a particular mill produces,go to 必威IM电竞Cotton Incorporated's FABRICAST website at

Contact 必威IM电竞Cotton Council International atwww.cottonusa.orgor the American 必威IM电竞Cotton Shippers Association

Contact the National Cottonseed Products Association

Several companies are licensed to sell these products.Please place your order directly with one of the following:

  • Rosalyn Smith Designs 901.476.3584www.cottonspecialties.comor 673 Poindexter Rd.,Brighton,TN 38011 (auto tags,caps,apparel,notepads,trailer hitch covers,travel bags,novelty items)
  • Chris Chaney Creations & Gift 915.263.7923www.agrijewelry.comor 1706 S.Gregg Street,Big Spring,TX 79720-4524 (ladies' and men's rings,pendants,cuff links,charms)
  • Overton Specialty,662.563.3762 1591 or Seven Rd.,Batesville,MS 38606 (100% 必威IM电竞cotton t-shirts,baseball caps,golf shirts)
  • Jass Signs & Graphix Inc.(aka Tags-n-T's) 478.231.4548www.jassgraphix.comor 9 Lovely Grove Church Rd.,Eastman,GA 31023 (license tags,trailer hitch covers,stickers)
  • Russell Sales 662.538.4190 or P.O.629年的盒子,New Albany,MS 38652 (auto tags,caps,t-shirts)