Cotton provides products of unlimited uses. Most important among these are garments, fabric and textile products, vegetable oil and animal feed. High precision and optimum environment are required to grow cotton owing to its sensitivity to environmental conditions and biotic stresses. Intensive research has been carried out to provide solutions to constraints that hinder the successful cotton production.
This book will discuss the major challenges and their solutions, recent trends, and the modern technologies involved in cotton production around the world. It will also provide an overview regarding the role of cotton in the economy, the uses and products of cotton, and its harvesting and processing.
Recent developments achieved by major cotton producing countries around the world, including China, India, USA, Pakistan, Brazil, and Australia will be presented. In addition to origin and history, this book will comprehensively discuss the recent advances in management practices, the agronomic challenges and the solutions in the major cotton producing areas of the world. Keeping a focus on global context, sufficient details have been provided regarding the cotton crop management. These details are not limited to the choice of cultivar, soil management, fertilizer and water management, pest control, cotton harvesting and processing.
This book will be an essential book for students taking courses in agronomy and production systems as well as a reference for agricultural advisors, extension specialists, and professionals throughout the industry.