Opinion Stories


Untangling The Knots Along China’s Cotton Road

January 29, 2009

China has undergone an infrastructure building campaign unrivaled in recent history. China began to open up its doors to the


Bier, Bratwurst And Don’t Forget The Baumwolle

January 28, 2009

Highlighted by the conference during the day and great parties at night, cotton people from all over the world visited


Egyptian Cotton – A Vision For The Future

January 27, 2009

Egyptian cotton occupies the most superior position among long and extra-long staple cottons in the world for its distinguished technological


In Love With Luxury: Consumers Drive ELS Sales

January 27, 2009

By most accounts, the extra-long staple (ELS) cotton market is doing fantastic so far this year. China had a record

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Cotton’s New Year’s Resolutions

January 10, 2018

What would a list of New Year’s Resolutions look like for the U.S. cotton industry? Beck Barnes has some thoughts to consider.


Plow Thru Cancer With Me, Won’t You?

November 10, 2017

Cotton Grower Editor/Publisher Beck Barnes gets personal about family and St. Jude...and shares a special request for the cotton community.


Several Factors Vital to U.S. Cotton Industry Growth

October 31, 2017

Maintaining market share, enhanced consumer awareness and continued investments in research and development are needed to keep the U.S. cotton industry advancing.


Five-Year-Old Girl Enthused by Cotton Research

October 27, 2017

A visit to a cotton research lab can help encourage students – even five-year-old girls – to consider a career in science.


Creating Novel Functional Cottons

September 15, 2017

Incorporation of biological molecules to cotton may lead to development of novel functional cottons.


Outlook Still Optimistic for Texas Cotton

September 2, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has focused the eyes of the world on Texas. Although cotton losses along the Gulf Coast are substantial, there is still optimism for a bumper crop as the High Plains moves toward harvest.


Some New Thoughts for the Cotton Industry

August 23, 2017

Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar of Texas Tech spent part of his summer in India, observing and discussing the country’s cotton industry and goals. He shares some of his observations in this commentary.


No One Reason for “Frustrating” Dicamba Issue

July 18, 2017

Tennessee Weed Specialist Larry Steckel has walked hundreds of drift-damaged soybean fields in the past few weeks. He shares some opinions about possible reasons for the problem.


Global Cotton Must Confront Polyester

February 23, 2017

In the face of massive shifts in consumption, member nations of the WTO must hold polyester to the same standards as cotton.


Cotton Industry Begins Year with Optimism

January 20, 2017

Higher global cotton production and increased demand is the current state of the cotton industry.


Is Our 2017 Acreage Estimate Too Low?

January 10, 2017

If our estimate holds true, or if it proves lower than what actually transpires next season, it could mean great things for American cotton in 2017 and beyond.