Economic Recap: 2018 Cotton Crop Outlook & Market Prices

Cotton Economic Report 2018 Q2 Recap

As is always the case with a natural product such as cotton, there are important times during the growing season that will determine the outcome of the crop. In many areas of the country, the blooms are on the plant, meaning that the cotton boll will soon appear. Some areas of the US are still looking for timely rainfall, while others only want good heat from the sun and very little rain. Clearly, the weather is out of our control, so let’s break down what the US crop is looking like as some areas of the country, such as the Corpus Christi area of Texas, are beginning the harvest, picking, ginning, and classing their cotton. Continue reading

Market Focus: the Trade War and the Global Cotton Market

Market Focus: the Trade War and the Global Cotton Market

How Will Tariffs Affect Cotton Worldwide?

In a recent piece for Cotton Incorporated, senior economist Jon Devine outlined the current supply and demand factors for the global cotton trade, defining qualities of multi-year markets.

Devine correctly notes that any discussion of the global cotton market, with regard to supply and demand, must start with China. China annually consumes 15 million more bales than the country’s cotton farmers produce, and while the government has bought extensive reserves in past years to make good on guaranteed price promises for Chinese farmers, demand for high-quality product for certain applications, such as American cotton, remains high. Continue reading

What Determines the Price of Cotton?

What Determines the Price of Cotton

At Barnhardt, you’d imagine people come to us with lots of questions about our favorite all-natural fiber, cotton. And you’d be right! One question we get quite a bit around here is, “What determines the price of cotton?”

There are actually several factors that influence the price of cotton, but it all boils down to market and quality. Continue reading

HyDri® Cotton: The Superior Choice for Carded Nonwovens

HyDri® Cotton: The Superior Choice for Carded Nonwovens

For more than 100 years, Barnhardt Manufacturing has brought cotton from the fields across America into households around the world through products that improve the quality of life. Using our proprietary purification process and experience, we produce a variety of cotton products that can be crafted into nonwoven substrates, adding value and performance to end use applications.    Continue reading

USDA Addresses Plastic Contamination in US Cotton

USDA Addresses Plastic Contamination in US Cotton

New Codes for Plastic found in Cotton Samples

Plastic contamination in US-grown cotton is a significant issue throughout the supply chain, and the USDA has taken an initial step aimed at addressing this problem. The agency is implementing a new pair of extraneous matter codes for levels of plastic contaminants found in cotton samples.  The USDA’s AMS Cotton and Tobacco Program is now enforcing codes 71 and 72 (as of July 1) as identifiers of plastic contamination, in line with other codes for seed (coat fragments), bark, grass, oil, and other materials. Continue reading

The Journey of Cotton: Nonwoven Manufacturing & Conversion into Final Products

The Journey of Cotton- Nonwoven Manufacturing & Conversion into final products

In the last installment of The Journey of Cotton, we reviewed the different finishes that can be applied to cotton. After moving through our multi-step purification process, purified cotton leaves Barnhardt’s facility in compact, 500-pound bales of fiber. We ship these bales to nonwoven roll goods manufacturers around the world. Manufacturers utilize several platforms of nonwoven fabric formations to produce cotton nonwoven fabrics. They can use purified cotton alone or blended with any other types of natural or synthetic staple fibers, depending on the desired fabric properties.

Today, let’s take a look some of the different techniques that manufacturers use to convert cotton into their final products. Continue reading

China Shuts Down Polyester Plants, Industry Sees Ripple Effect

China is shutting down polyester plants

As part of an unprecedented crackdown on pollution from its manufacturing sector, the Chinese government has shut down nearly 40 percent of its manufacturing facilities nationwide, with a heavy impact on the textiles industry.

The pollution reduction program, initiated in 2016, has applied fines and criminal charges, as well as shutdown orders, to more than 80,000 factories across 30 provinces on the Chinese mainland. Entire towns and regions have seen their factories hobbled, as inspectors turn off fuel and electricity supplies during inspections. Continue reading