Cotton Incorporated’s highly respected Engineered Fiber Selection Cotton Manage-ment System software is utilized by industry leading mills and textile companies around the world.
From helping mills manufacture better yarns and end products by maximizing the quality uniformity of bales in their laydowns, to streamlining cotton flow and communication, Cotton Incorporated’s Fiber Competition team affects numerous stops throughout the immense cotton pipeline.
The latest addition to their computer software suite family is an Internet-based product called USCrop Web – housed at cottonquality.net. It is the most recent iteration of a software product launched in 2000 called EFS-USCROP software, but USCrop Web allows users to see the most current bale data from the various classing offices around the United States directly from their own laptop computers, ie: the Internet.
High Volume Instrument (HVI) data for upland cotton will be updated on a weekly basis, and users can do queries for bale property ranges that may fit their specific needs (or their end products), whether that query is by state or by any of the 10 regional United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Classing Offices across the country.
“USCrop Web, while similar to the USDA Weekly Crop Summary Report, also provides access to related graphs and reports anywhere you have access to the Internet,” says Susan Foote, Associate Director, Fiber Competition Marketing and Communications, Cotton Incorporated.
To access USCrop Web, type cottonquality.net in your Internet browser and you will be taken to the home page that highlights the words “Welcome to the Cottonpedia.” From that point, click on the words “Cotton Quality” and you’ll be taken to a page showing an American flag and a small tractor. Click on the flag and that will lead to the “log-in” page.
“Once users establish their log-in information, they can immediately start utilizing the information contained on the site from reports, to related graphs,” adds Foote.
Cotton merchants can search for the number of bales that meet HVI quality ranges they may need for a specific customer, or ginners can pull up all bales that have been classed in their state or by regional classing office, to see how their gin’s grades are comparing to cotton in neighboring regions.
“Growers can find value in USCrop Web because they can pull up data by state for the past several years to show trends in the various HVI properties and even equate that to varieties,” says Foote.
Excellent Customer Service
One reason why Cotton Incorporated technologies are readily adopted by so many textile and textile-related companies across the world is because they provide unparalleled customer service and training to augment the software products they create.
“We design software programs not only for mills, but also for merchants and ginners and provide on-site installation for free phone and e-mail support and software documentation for each customer,” says Foote.
“That really makes a huge difference in placing our products in the markets where they can positively influence the use of cotton.”
The Cotton Board, which administers Cotton Incorporated’s Research and Promotion Program, contributed information for this article.