The Cotton Breeders' Tour is held biennially in one of five cotton growing regions of the US. Those regions are the Southeast, Mid-South, Texas Coast, Texas High Plains, and West. Attendees come primarily from the US, but scientists from nine other cotton growing countries have attended past tours. Travel is by chartered bus and stops occur at a wide range of venues including public and private cotton breeding stations, genomic labs, research and extension centers, gins, cottonseed oil processing facilities, gin manufacturers, and assorted other sites. A valuable part of the tour is the time afforded to exchanging information about the latest advances in cotton improvement. Private industry has financially supported the tour for many years, and their help is greatly appreciated.
The 2015 Cotton Breeders' Tour was held the week of September 13th.
A record number of participants, 173, joined the 2013 Cotton Breeders’ Tour held in Lubbock September 15-18.
The 2011 Cotton Breeders' Tour was held the week of August 28th in the Mid-South region.
The 2009 Cotton Breeders' Tour was held the week of July 26th in central and south Texas.
The 2007 Cotton Breeders' Tour was held the week of September 17th.
The 2005 Cotton Breeders' Tour was held in the Southeast US September 11 -16.