Opinion Stories


New Year’s Resolve

February 9, 2012

It’s probably appropriate that Cotton Grower traditionally includes its annual acreage survey results in the January issue – the one


Debunking the Myths: Leaders Gather to Unify the Cotton Family

January 5, 2012

When people engage in competition, they expect to be challenged and attacked by their opponents. That’s the very nature of


Wearing a White Hat: Time to Rally the Troops

January 5, 2012

Has the battle between good and evil ever been as apparent and obvious as the one that’s been going on


China’s Cotton Farmers Aim for Economies of Scale

November 23, 2011

One of the most significant challenges facing the Chinese cotton industry involves labor – both in terms of cost and


Learning Curve

October 3, 2011

By Henry Gantz hgantz@meistermedia.com Kyle Aymond graduated from Northeast Louisiana University (now Louisiana-Monroe) with a degree in accounting. His Wisner,

The Secret to Success? Hard Work and Sticking to the Basics

September 18, 2011

As the world’s largest producer, consumer and importer of cotton, China is a country of extreme interest for merchants around

From This Little Piggy to Big Bad Wolf

August 12, 2011

I started with our January 2009 issue and worked forward. In every single issue, glyphosate resistance was the main or

One for the Record Books

August 1, 2011

This year certainly has been one for the record books … and not in a good way. Cotton producers in

Mississippi Cotton Experts Hold Court

August 1, 2011

Much like the rest of the Cotton Belt, the Mid-South has been no stranger to setbacks during the 2011 growing

Can We Laugh Out Loud Again?

May 27, 2011

“Cotton is the overcoat of a seed that is planted and grown in the South to keep the producer broke

Shining a Light on the States

May 18, 2011

When the Cotton International team sits down to plan its editorial coverage of a country or region, the goal is

2011: The Best Year Ever

May 13, 2011

Will 2011 be the best year ever in cotton? It’s setting itself up to be, without question. That would have

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Cotton’s New Year’s Resolutions

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Plow Thru Cancer With Me, Won’t You?

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Five-Year-Old Girl Enthused by Cotton Research

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Creating Novel Functional Cottons

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


Outlook Still Optimistic for Texas Cotton

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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

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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

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Global Cotton Must Confront Polyester

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