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Demand up for high-quality cotton

Demand up for high-quality cotton

LubbockOnline: Researchers see a tremendous increase for the need for fiber quality

Gaylon Morgan recalls a farmer telling him his per-pound price contract leads him to focus on yields over quality.

The state extension cotton specialist pointed out in a competitive global market, selling enough bad cotton could eventually mean no contract at all.

“We’ve seen a tremendous increase for the need for fiber quality,” he said Thursday during Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Cotton Fiber Quality Conference and Tour.

Morgan, who is based with AgriLife’s College Station headquarters, described consumer demand to a group of fellow researchers and producers. Years ago, he said, a majority of U.S. cotton stayed in the domestic market. Now, 85 percent of the crop is exported.

And if any of those international customers grows dissatisfied, they could easily switch purchase agreements to China, Brazil or a number of other cotton-growing countries.

“We’re competing with them in price, but we’re definitely competing with them in quality,” he said.

Read more at LubbockOnline.com | Josie Musico

Related: Cotton hits two-year high amid China quality fears (Agrimoney.com)

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