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With continuing pressure on the global textile market to produce high quality products, short fiber content in cotton must be managed, says Mike Watson, Cotton Incorporated’s vice president of Fiber Quality Research.
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New developments in cottonseed varieties have helped to increase staple length. According to Watson, a staple length of 34, particularly in Memphis and Eastern type cottons, is absolutely essential to meet the demands of an export market.
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Watson suggests several ways producers can help control short fiber content in cotton.