Cotton Marketing News

November 10. 2023

A friend posted yesterday on Facebook about the horrendous decline in cotton prices to 75 cents. Here was my posted response: “When it gets bad and drops like this, it’s usually because the market is afraid and over correcting. Yes, it hurts.

Prices (Dec futures) have taken a tumble in the past two weeks. The attempts at 89 to 90 cents have been met with pressures to move lower. Not all hope is lost, but for the growe-depending on how much you already have priced

Auguat 16, 2023

I’ve heard growers comment that “cotton should be $1.50”. I doubt we’ll get there but we can always hope. Cotton has made a good little run since the end of June—making it to the 88 cents neihborhood twice.

July 26, 2023

Prices (Dec 23 futures) have made a nice run and currently stand just over 85 cents. This is the highest level since early March. Price has improved for 3 consecutive weeks-increasing 3.26 cents last week and 4.9 cents thus far for the month of July.

July 10, 2023


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July 7, 2023

Prices reached a new recent low of 77 cents–losing a little over 3 cents in 3 days. The new low was the lowest since mid-December.

June 12, 2023

December futures has declined to the 79 cents area 3 times on the past several months beginning back in March. It’s worrisome when this happens but each time prices have recovered.

May 19. 2023 Since plummeting to the low 70’s last fall, new crop Dec 23 futures roller-coastered up then down then up again to near 86 cents by the end of January. Dec 23 haes since teetered within a 5 cent range of mostly 79 to 84 cents over the last 5 months.

April 4, 2023

In my last remarks in this space (on March 14), I mentioned that prices are still “ln neutral” and had not moved lower. As is my luck, prices then proceded to mpove lower– dropping 4 cents over the next 10 days

March 15, 2023

The market has had a lot of new data and information to digest and react to in recent weeks. Some but relatively little seems good for prices. Nevertheless, prices show the ability to recover and remain mostly in the low to mid-80’s

Feb. 13, 2023

Old crop March futures remaim in the now 3-month old range of mostly 80 to 83 cents. Prices recently seem to have “settled: or “diverged” to 85 to 86 cents. Such a faily long standing parallel movement

Jan. 16, 2023

Old crop march furures are currently in the neighborhood of 82 cents and continue in a pretty much sideways pattern mostly between 80 and 86 cents. The more optimistic upside appears to be at 90 cents.


Export Report

January 28, 2021

Net sales for 20/21 crop were up 10% from previous week to 322,700 bales, 22% higher than the 4 week average.  Increases were in Turkey, Vietnam, Pakistan, China, and South Korea.  Exports were down 15% from previous week and 4% from the previous 4 weeks.

January 22, 2021

Export sales of cotton were down 10% from last week and 1% from the four week average.  Exports were up 17% from last week and 18% over the four week average. 

December 17, 2020

Net current crop sales were 428,410 bales. Net current crop PLUS new crop sales were 442,180 bales. Sales continue at a strong pace-up slightly from, last week and 40% above 4-week average.

September 24, 2020


Current crop sales were 111,200 bales. Current crop PLUS new crop sales were 161.800 bales.

Sales returned to a more normal, and adequate level. Vietnam was the largest buyer (53,000) with China in second place (45.200). Shipments were up almost 100,000 bales from last week with China accounting for 40%.

Georgia Cotton Commission

December 31. 2020

Seed coat fragments (SCFs) have been a long-term issue for cotton and outbreaks of SCFs occur sporadically every 3 to 5 years in a region of the U.S. This year the region includes Alabama, Georgia and Florida with the biggest outbreak of SCFs calls in the last 20 years. And it is no coincidence that this is also one of the worst years for tropical storms. SCFs are formed when a part of the cottonseed wall is broken off and that broken wall is often attached to some fibers, making it particularly difficult for the gin and textile mills to remove as all their equipment is designed to keep fibers in the process.


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