Baled out: Increased prices are anticipated to support the industry over the next five years

Operators in the Cotton Growing industry have endured extreme revenue volatility and fluctuating profit margins over the past five years, with a range of external factors influencing industry performance. Unfavourable growing conditions, such as prolonged dry weather and reduced irrigation water stocks, caused industry revenue to decline steeply in 2014-15. Below average rainfall caused farmers to allocate less land to cotton, which is a water intensive crop. However, resurgent rainfall and increased price per bale paid to Australian farmers allowed the industry to recover over the three years through 2017-18. Rising global demand for cotton drove this price more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand for Australian cotton from Asian textile manufacturers has supported industry revenue
  • Erratic weather conditions have caused revenue volatility over the past five years
  • New agricultural technologies are forecast to drive output improvements over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Cotton growing is almost exclusively conducted in New South Wales and Queensland. Historically, the production shares for New South Wales and Queensland have only shifted slightly from year to year, reflecting changes in growing conditions. The overall trend, however, has favoured New South Wales as the prevailing producer. According to the ABARES, New South Wales accounts for approximately 60% of the total cotton grown in Australia, with Queensland accounting for about 40%. More specifically, the major cotton growing districts include Gwydir Valley and Namoi Valley, NSW, and Darling Downs and St George, QLD.Over the past five years, pilot cotton farming programs have been successfully undertaken in Victoria and Western Australia. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Cotton Growing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Cotton Growing are:

  • Appropriate climatic conditions
  • Availability of irrigation water
  • Appropriate physical growing conditions
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Level of annual rainfall and Demand from cotton ginning in the Cotton Growing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Cotton Growing Industry?

    Farms in the industry grow cotton. Cotton is the white downy fibres grown on shrubby plants of the genus Gossypium. Downstream manufacturers use these fibres to make textiles and other products.

    Industry Products
  • Cotton lint
  • Cottonseed
  • Industry Activities
  • Land cultivation
  • Cotton growing
  • Cotton baling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Demand from cotton ginning
  • World price of cotton
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profit
  • Water availability and controversy
  • Enterprises and employment
  • Cotton exports
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue, profitability and participation
  • Production limitations
  • Table: Cotton Growing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Cotton Growing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Cotton Ginning

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Agricultural Machinery Manufacturing
  • Fertiliser Manufacturing
  • Livestock and Other Agricultural Supplies Wholesaling
  • Pesticide Manufacturing
  • Road Freight Transport
  • Water Supply

  • Products & Services
  • Cottonseed
  • Cotton lint
  • Chart: Cotton Growing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Cotton ginners to textile manufacturers
  • Cotton ginners to home-furnishing manufacturers
  • Cotton ginners to cottonseed processors
  • Cotton ginners to other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Cotton Growing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Cotton Growing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Cotton Growing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Cotton Growing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Cotton Growing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Cotton Picker
  • A tractor-like machine (vehicle) that automates cotton harvesting to reduce the harvest time.
  • Cottonseed
  • Seed of cotton plants; source of cottonseed oil.
  • Ginned Cotton
  • Picked cotton that is processed to separate the cotton from the seed.
  • Lint
  • Fine ravellings of cotton or linen fibres.
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