A Million Bales of Cotton Impact From One Small Town

A Million Bales of Cotton Impact From One Small Town

Bales of cotton in a warehouse
Courtesy of Cotton Inc

I recently saw the following headline in the Delta Farm Press:  Dell, Ark., gin celebrates one millionth bale. The article was really interesting:

“Twenty-one years ago, Clarence called me about building a gin,” said Weiner. “I can’t remember how much money we were trying to raise. But it finally took root. It’s good to see a man realize his dream. We couldn’t have done it without Clarence.”

“Our philosophy is to treat everybody the same whether he’s got 40 acres or 4,000,” said Crosskno, chairman of the board for Cotton Growers, in a 2004 article on the gin, http://deltafarmpress.com/gin-introducing-new-lint-cleaners.

via Dell, Ark., gin celebrates one millionth bale | Cotton content from Delta Farm Press.

What’s that add up to? 

So, one million bales of cotton were produced in this one rural part of Arkansas. What would that mean to a consumer?  To understand that, let’s start with what you can make from a single bale of cotton. According to the National Cotton Council, one bale of cotton can make:

  • 215 Jeans
  • 249 Bed Sheets
  • 409 Men’s Sport Shirts
  • 690 Terry Bath Towels
  • 765 Men’s Dress Shirts
  • 1,217 Men’s T-Shirts
  • 1,256 Pillowcases
  • 2,104 Boxer Shorts
  • 2,419 Men’s Briefs
  • 3,085 Diapers
  • 4,321 Mid-Calf Socks
  • 6,436 Women’s Knit Briefs
  • 21,960 Women’s Handkerchiefs
  • 313,600 $100 Bills*

At that rate, all the residents of New York City (est. population of 8 million based on city government figures) could trace 27 pairs of jeans to the town of Dell. Or instead, more than 2 towels for each & every resident of the United States!  Who would have thought that  a small town in rural Arkansas in just two decades could have such a big contribution to our way of life! Thinking of all the other small towns across the US makes my head spin as I think about the contributions they have made!

11 thoughts on “A Million Bales of Cotton Impact From One Small Town

  1. This is amazing! I love a good small town story to share with my ag students and this one will be shared this morning! Thanks, JP, and thanks, Dell, Arkansas!

  2. Robert Ratliff, of Cary NC, calculates that if those one million bales of cotton ginned in Dell AR, were placed end-to-end along I-55 in AR and I-40 in TN and NC, they would reach the offices Cotton Inc in Cary NC, a distance of 800 miles.

  3. Why spend all that money on throw-away lint cleaners?! Why not get a fun new tool made specifically for this problem?? Curious? : )

    1. I gather from you question you may be thinking it is the type of lint cleaner that pulls lint from your clothes. This is a piece of the ginning equipment, ie a specifically designed tool. Have a good day.

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