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Virginia cotton production hit more wrinkles in 2016

Virginia cotton production hit more wrinkles in 2016
Corn and soybean producers in Virginia managed to have a good year in 2016 despite weather challenges, but cotton growers saw their yields plummet as heavy rain ended the growing season.



Is cotton part of your back-to-school clothes?

Virginia cotton farmers may have grown the materials for your son’s new blue jeans or your daughter’s trendy T-shirt.




Heavy rainfall virtually halts fieldwork, damages some Va. crops

Although Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Virginia “dodged a bullet” with Hurricane Joaquin, farmers still got hit with crop damage.



Cotton harvest ‘a very mixed bag’ after wet weather

There will be no record cotton crop in Virginia this year. Heavy rains the weeks of Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 knocked significant yields off this year’s cotton harvest, although not enough to declare crop disasters, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.



Global cotton consumption expected to exceed production

World cotton consumption is expected to grow modestly during the 2016-2017 marketing year, reaching 110.8 million bales. That is similar to 2014-2015 levels after dipping slightly in 2015-2016.



New cotton fabric cleans itself when exposed to sunlight

Imagine jeans, sweats or socks—all made with cotton—that clean and deodorize themselves when hung on a clothesline in the sun or draped on a balcony railing.



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