Pima accounts for only three percent of annual cotton production in the United States. Its fineness and longer staple length makes Pima a premium cotton fiber.
It is used to spin finer count yarns, which can be woven into softer, finer and more luxurious fabrics.
It is grown in select areas of the far West and Southwest U.S. where the cotton can benefit from a long growing season in a hot, dry climate.
Pima cotton is grown almost exclusively on furrowed rows where growers can closely regulate irrigation and other inputs.
Pulling the fiber from crops is more expensive than other cottons since Pima cotton is roller-ginned to remove seeds and impurities.
Pima is grown in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas