DROUGHT: Weather wipes out half of West Texas’ cotton acres

Your Houston News-Darren Hudson, the director of the Cotton Economic Research Institute at Texas Tech University, said China — the world’s leading cotton producer — stores the fiber to try to balance internal political and economic pressures between the price it pays its growers and international competitiveness of the country’s textile industry.

LUBBOCK — West Texas cotton producer Doug Hlavaty has no plans to ditch his trade despite another tough growing season in the South Plains, replete with drought, hail and blowing sand.

..

Darren Hudson, the director of the Cotton Economic Research Institute at Texas Tech University, said China — the world’s leading cotton producer — stores the fiber to try to balance internal political and economic pressures between the price it pays its growers and international competitiveness of the country’s textile industry.

Read the rest of the story at Your Houston News