- Cotton has been cultivated and used to make fabrics for at least 7,000 years.
- Cotton may have existed in Egypt as early as 12,000 B.C.
- Fragments of cotton fabrics have been found by archeologists in Mexico, India, Peru, and the southwestern United States dating back to 3500 B.C.
1 week/Seedling → 2-4 weeks/True Leaves → 5-7 weeks/Square-Bud → 8-10 weeks/Blossom →
10 weeks/Boll → 18-20 weeks/ Boll Opens → 25 weeks/Harvest → Gin
- Once cotton is harvested, it is stored in modules for protection against the weather.
- A module builder hydraulically compresses the cotton from the picker into a module of cotton which is usually stored in the field or in the gin yard until the cotton is ginned.
- A module holds about 13 to 15 bales.
What is a Bale?
One Bale of Cotton can be made into:
• 215 Jeans or
• 249 Bed Sheets or
• 690 Terry Bath Towels or
• 765 Men’s Dress Shirts or
• 1,217 Men’s T-Shirts or
• 1,256 Pillowcases or
• 2,104 Boxer Shorts or
• 3,085 Diapers or
• 4,321 Mid-calf socks or
• 313,600 $100 Bills
Cotton and U.S. Currency
United States paper currency is made up of 75% cotton and 25% linen. This means that there is three-fourths of a pound of cotton in each pound of dollar bills.
So how much cotton is made into bills each year?
|Denomination||Bills Printed||Cotton Used(Pounds)||Cotton Used(Bales)|
Did You Know…
- Cotton is a fiber, feed and food crop.
- In the U.S., cotton is regulated as a food crop.
- Cotton can be grown continuously without hurting the soil.
- Cotton is produced on over 8,500 farms in Texas.
- The cotton industry accounts for more than $25 billion in products and services annually.
- After leaving the farm, cotton is processed and handled by gins, cottonseed mills, warehouses, shipping companies, textile manufacturers, and retailers.
- The cotton industry in the United States provides jobs for more than 440,000 Americans.
- The first T-shirts were elbow and hip length undershirts issued to sailors in the U.S. navy in 1880. The shirt resembled a perfect “T” when laid out on a flat surface… which is how it got its name.
Sources: Texas Farm Bureau via txfb.org and cotton.org