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USDA - NASS: Cotton System Consumption and Stocks (2019-02-04)

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - February 4, 2019


Cotton System Consumption and Stocks

ISSN: 2378-2471

Released February 4, 2019, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service 
(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA).

Highlights

October 2018 contained 31 days.
November 2018 contained 30 days.

Extra long staple cotton consumed on the cotton system was 814,000 pounds in 
November 2018, down 7 percent from October 2018 and down 27 percent from 
November 2017. November 2018 stocks on hand on the last Saturday of the month 
totaled 1.60 million pounds down 8 percent from October 2018 and down 
3 percent from November 2017. 

Total Manmade fiber consumed on the cotton system was 34.9 million pounds 
during November 2018, down 4 percent from October 2018 but up 12 percent from 
November 2017. Of the total manmade fiber consumed, 93 percent was polyester 
staple.

Total number of spindles on the cotton system was 1.30 million during 
November 2018. Active spindles consuming 100 percent cotton was 647,000 in 
November 2018, down 2 percent from October 2018 and down 10 percent from 
November 2017.

Consumption and Stocks - United States: November 2018 with Comparisons
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                            Item                            : November 2017 : October 2018  : November 2018 
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Extra long staple                                           :                                               
  Consumed                                                  :                                               
    Running bales ....................................number:     2,231           1,744           1,632     
    Weight .....................................1,000 pounds:     1,116             872             814     
  Stocks on hand (last Saturday of the month)               :                                               
    Running bales ....................................number:     3,287           3,473           3,196     
    Weight .....................................1,000 pounds:     1,648           1,738           1,597     
                                                            :                                               
Rayon and acetate staple                                    :                                               
  Consumed .....................................1,000 pounds:       638           1,131             872     
  Stocks on hand (last Saturday of the month) ..1,000 pounds:     1,591           1,031           1,427     
                                                            :                                               
Polyester staple                                            :                                               
  Consumed .....................................1,000 pounds:    28,970          33,408          32,461     
  Stocks on hand (last Saturday of the month) ..1,000 pounds:    21,735          20,478          21,827     
                                                            :                                               
Other manmade fiber staple                                  :                                               
  Consumed .....................................1,000 pounds:     1,626           1,943           1,545     
  Stocks on hand (last Saturday of the month) ..1,000 pounds:     2,261           3,012           3,037     
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Spindles in Place, Active Spindles and Spindle Hours Operated - United States: November 2018
with Comparisons
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                            Item                            : November 2017 : October 2018  : November 2018 
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Cotton-system spindles in place                             :                                               
  Ring spindles .......................................1,000:      949             952             952      
  Airjet spindles .....................................1,000:       33              34              35      
  Open-end spindles ...................................1,000:      315             310             310      
                                                            :                                               
Cotton-system spindles active                               :                                               
  Spindles consuming 100% cotton ......................1,000:      722             658             647      
                                               million hours:      477             501             437      
  Spindles consuming 100% manmade fiber ...............1,000:       49              41              42      
                                               million hours:       24              23              22      
  Spindles consuming mixtures or blends ...............1,000:      505             573             586      
                                               million hours:      315             427             356      
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Statistical Methodology 

Survey Procedures: Cotton System Consumption and Stocks is part of the 
Current Agricultural Industrial Reports (CAIR) program. CAIR reports are 
administered under NASS's Census of Agriculture program. Response to CAIR 
surveys are required by law (Title 7, U.S. Code). Data are collected from all 
known mills that consume cotton.

The census universe was determined during operation profile interviews which 
were completed for each potential facility to identify the presence of cotton 
consumption and spindle activity in 2014. 

In the Cotton and Manmade Fiber Staple survey questionnaires, mills are asked 
for previous calendar month data on cotton and manmade fiber consumed, stocks 
and spindle activity. Mills are mailed questionnaires with the options of 
completing the survey by mail or by Electronic Data Reporting (EDR). For 
surveys not received in a reasonable amount of time, telephone follow-up is 
conducted.

Estimating Procedures: Imputation is done for operations with non-response by 
using historical data and current data relationships. Data for reporting 
firms are added to estimates for non-reporting firms to obtain National 
totals.

Revision Policy: Data are revised the following month based on late reports 
or corrected data. Final figures are published in the annual summary of the 
following year. 

Reliability: Approximately 50 reports are received each month which represent 
about 95 percent of total spindles. Monthly data can vary due to different 
firms reporting month to month. Survey data are also subject to non-sampling 
errors such as omissions and mistakes in reporting and in processing the 
data. While these errors cannot be measured directly, they are minimized by 
carefully reviewing all reported data for consistency and reasonableness.

Information Contacts

Listed below are the commodity statisticians in the Crops Branch of the 
National Agricultural Statistics Service to contact for additional 
information. E-mail inquiries may be sent to nass@nass.usda.gov.

Lance Honig, Chief, Crops Branch............................ (202) 720-2127

Travis Thorson, Head, Field Crops Section................... (202) 720-2127
   David Colwell - Current Agricultural Industrial Reports.. (202) 720-8800
   Chris Hawthorn - Corn, Flaxseed, Proso Millet................ (202) 720-9526
   James Johanson - County Estimates, Hay................... (202) 690-8533
   Jeff Lemmons - Oats, Soybeans............................ (202) 690-3234
   Jannety Mosley - Crop Weather, Barley.................... (202) 720-7621
   Sammy Neal - Peanuts, Rice............................... (202) 720-7688
   Jean Porter - Rye, Wheat................................. (202) 720-8068
   Chris Singh - Cotton, Cotton Ginnings, Sorghum........... (202) 720-5944
   Travis Thorson - Sunflower, Other Oilseeds............... (202) 720-7369
   
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