Start Date: May 29, 2009
End Date: Jul 07, 2010
Handling and cleaning systems for cotton strippers that will improve the cleanliness and quality of seed cotton will be investigated. Non-contact moisture sensors will be developed and integrated into controls to continuously evaluate seed cotton moisture while processing. A new method for detecting and removing contaminates will be developed for seed cotton and lint. The detection and cleaning system will minimize fiber damage and maintain producer returns. Air quality research will be conducted to evaluate cotton gin particulate matter emissions, along with improved methods for measuring particulate matter emitted from cotton gins. Efficiency of abatement devices commonly used by cotton gins will have to be significantly improved to meet future standards for particulate matter emissions. Additional processing methods for cotton gin byproducts that improve the market value, turning financial liabilities into viable marketable products, will be developed. Additional projects will identify and assess techniques for improving the value and utility of gin byproducts. Operating parameters for the power roll gin stand technology will be developed to optimize seed, fiber, and yarn quality.