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How Textile Manufacturers Dealt With Sticky Cotton from the 1995 Crop

Hope Floeck and Don Ethridge


Identifying and understanding sticky cotton has been the focus of extensive efforts in research, which has been directed primarily toward prevention, measurement, and treatment. There is no information about the effects of sticky cotton on processing costs. A survey of textile mills was used to collect information on processing adjustments and costs. Analysis of the data was limited by the inability of the textile mills to retrace origins of processing costs, firms' policies against releasing cost information, and the small sample size. Nevertheless, the results indicate that added costs of processing sticky cotton increased as the level of stickiness increased. The presence of stickiness, and not the level of stickiness, was the driving factor in deciding what strategies to use. This research, restricted by limited cost information, was not able to generate cost estimates for processing sticky cotton. Future research directed toward the estimation of added costs would provide better decision-making information for all market participants.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 284 - 287
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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