What can one bale of cotton make? One bale of cotton equals about 480 pounds. One bale of cotton can make:
249 Bed Sheets
409 Men's Sport Shirts
690 Terry Bath Towels
765 Men's Dress Shirts
1,217 Men's T-Shirts
2,104 Boxer Shorts
2,419 Men's Briefs
4,321 Mid-Calf Socks
6,436 Women's Knit Briefs
21,960 Women's Handkerchiefs
313,600 One Hundred Dollar Bills
Cotton Seed and Oil
The seed from one 480-pound bale of cotton produces enough oil to cook nearly 6,000 snack sized bags of potato chips.
One 480-pound bale of cotton yields approximately 740 pounds of seed and 150 to 200 pounds of cotton gin “trash” which can be fed to cattle.
Whole cottonseed is a unique feed because it can supply protein, energy and fiber.
Cattle located near cotton fields can also graze cotton stalk residue after the harvest if temporary fencing is constructed.
Cottonseed meal is used as a protein source for cattle, and cottonseed hulls are used primarily as roughage for cattle feed.
Boll Weevil Eradication Program
It’s illegal to plant cotton in a yard or elsewhere without a permit – Why? The Boll Weevil Eradication Program. Farmers take great pains to keep boll weevils out of our state through the program. See the green boll weevil pheromone traps around the fields? Those are there to trap boll weevils. Less or no insecticides are used if there are no weevils found in the traps.
Cotton Stats for SC
4th Largest commodity in the state in cash receipts and the largest in crops (2012) - $235,728 million
Cotton yarn and fabric was one of the top 10 exports from SC in 2012.
SC is ranked 11th in the nation in 2012 with $179.5 million in cotton exports.