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U.S. organic cotton production contracted in 2011, due in large part to the sweeping drought in the Southern Plains, according to the 2011 and Preliminary 2012 U.S. Organic Cotton Production & Marketing Trends report conducted by the
The survey, made possible through a grant from
Fortuitously, 2011 represented the first crop year in which
Commercial availability of organic seed is a major hurdle for organic cotton producers. Genetically Modified (GM) seeds have become dominant in the marketplace, as major seed companies have purchased smaller labels and discontinued their organic, non-GM and non-treated cottonseed offerings. Most farmers used at least a portion of their own saved cottonseed from year to year, while others reported having lost their seed stocks due to drought.
A predominance of survey respondents reported receiving
The Southern Plains drought that devastated the 2011 organic cotton crop continued into 2012. However, it appeared to have taken a less extreme toll on cotton in 2012. While 14,481 acres were planted to organic cotton in
The full report is available for download (http://www.ota.com/pics/documents/2011-2012-Organic-Cotton-Report.pdf).
TNS 23SQ 130201-4188549 StaffFurigay
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