Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cotton Incorporated advances of 1982

A system created by Cotton Inc, in 1982 has since become an industry standard. It is called the EFS system and its contribution to cotton growing industry is that it is software that contributes to the increased production of cotton bales. The way it helps is by accompanying mills in managing High Volume Instrument (HVI) Data including inventories, acquisitions, warehousing, mix selection, product performance monitoring and electronic data interchange. The system assists the mills in learning more about the cotton they were working with and picking the cleanest, smoothest most suitable cotton for hassle-free production. It was introduced in 1982 producing 300,000 bales using HVI and by 1996 it was increased to more than 19.5 million bales. With the growing demand for cotton products in the 1980’s this system was a necessity in all textile production factories. It improved the quality and efficiency in producing cotton in the mills and there have been advances from this system to fit in any industry segment in the textile field.

Source: Cotton Inc

Records also show soil quality has greatly improved over the years bringing to the industry better quality cotton fibers that contribution to the quality of cotton production. 1982 was the start of these trends including the savings of tons of crop soil. Erosion has decreased with a total 41% decrease from 1982 to 1997. Wind erosion has also gone down 43% in that same time period. This creates a great savings of soil that croplands need to be profitable. The management methods to conserving cropland have had a big impact on this decrease and there has been an improvement in organic soil matter as well. The organic soil is vital to the physical, chemical and biological health of croplands. There are more nutrients in the soil along with better water retention. One factor in this is the decrease of fuel consumption by 3.5 gallons an acre. Specific to the apparel and textile industry, this improves the quality of our cotton although it affects many other crops as well.

Source: Cotton Inc

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