Cotton is so much more than the white, fluffy fiber that becomes our jeans, shirts and towels. Did you know that our paper money is actually 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen? Or that 150 yards of cotton are contained in every baseball?
When farmers harvest their cotton, they are harvesting two completely separate products – the lint and the seed. Cottonseed can be crushed into oil, which is used as a cooking or salad oil. It also can be fed to cattle.
Cotton also can be found in ice cream, cosmetics and soap. Nothing is wasted, and it brings value back to the farmer.
For KCBD Spotlight on Agriculture and Plains Cotton Growers, I'm Mary Jane Buerkle.