2015 Cotton Natural Resource Survey: Executive Summary Report

Sustainability | Dec. 1, 2015
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  • SOUTHWEST

In order to better understand the challenges that U.S. cotton growers face and to develop technologies to address those challenges, the U.S. cotton industry conducted the Natural Resource Survey (NRS). U.S. cotton producers were surveyed to assess cotton’s impact on the environment, providing an effective means to understand farm inputs, production trends and grower concerns. A similar study was conducted in 2008 allowing the industry to benchmark and measure progress over the past six years.The 925 survey responses were representative of the seventeen U.S. cotton growing states.

The 2015 Natural Resource Survey findings indicate the technologies adopted by U.S. cotton growers are contributing to continuous improvement, both in terms of increased yields and reducing environmental impacts, due to increased resource use efficiency. Improvements in water use efficiency, soil management and precision technology adoptions are highlighted in this summary with more details provided in the full report.

This brief video provides an overview of the results for the Natural Resource Survey.