Grades of U.S. Cotton - Official Standards

View a list of each color grade and its symbol for white, light spotted, spotted, tinged and yellow stained American Upland cotton.  The leaf grade for each color grade of white cotton are also shown.

 

Color Grade

Symbols

Color Grade

Leaf Grade

Color Grade

Symbols

Color Grade

White

 

 

 

Spotted

 

 

Good Middling

GM

11

1

Good Middling

GM Sp

13

Strict Middling

SM

21

2

Strict Middling

SM Sp

23

Middling

Mid

31

3

Middling

Mid Sp

33

Strict Low Middling

SLM

41

4

Strict Low Middling

SLM Sp

43

Low Middling

LM

51

5

Low Middling

LM Sp

53

Strict Good Ordinary

SGO

61

6

Strict Good Ordinary

SGO Sp

63

Good Ordinary

GO

71

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tinged

 

 

Light Spotted

 

 

 

Strict Middling

SM Tg

24

Good Middling

GM Lt Sp

12

 

Middling

Mid Tg

34

Strict Middling

SM Lt Sp

22

 

Strict Low Middling

SLM Tg

44

Middling

Mid Lt Sp

32

 

Low Middling

LM Tg

54

Strict Low Middling

SLM Lt Sp

42

 

 

 

 

Low Middling

LM Lt Sp

52

 

Yellow Stained

 

 

Strict Good Ordinary

SGO Lt Sp

62

 

Strict Low Middling

SM YS

25

 

 

 

 

Middling

Mid YS

35

 

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