Annual Cotton Expo

Cotton growers are being told good times are just ahead as demand for their product grows in Asia.

More than 100 Wiregrass and Panhandle farmers took part in the annual Cotton Expo held at the Coffee County Farm Center.

Agricultural experts gave a briefing on the latest advances in pesticides, along with insect and weed control.

Economists say the Chinese are expected to increase their imports of American cotton over the next 10 years.

“Eighty-percent of our exports are now going to China. We will see a price increase for cotton over the next three to four years as the demand increases for our exports," said Brandon Dillard, Regional Extension Agent.

Despite last summer's record setting drought, Dillard says Wiregrass cotton growers produced a better-than-average crop.