Start Date: Jun 25, 2009
End Date: Oct 25, 2010
Conduct laboratory and field studies to establish the parameters that govern color, length, trash, short fibers, neps and seedcoat fragments in ginned lint with emphasis on interactions between gin machinery and varieties, production practices, harvesting practices, growing conditions and mill requirements. Develop new, less damaging and more efficient processes and machinery (especially lint cleaners) to control foreign matter, moisture and fiber damage before, during and after ginning. Evaluate chemical, biological and mechanical methods of fiber removal, and develop new fiber-seed separation techniques. Develop enhancements to the new gin process control system such as a) new or improved sensors for mass flow, trash, moisture, fiber length, neps, etc., b) new optimization models for current cotton varieties and gin machinery, and c) new machinery performance indicators and controls. Develop technology to solve environmental challenges such as noise and dust inside and outside gins. Develop new uses for cotton byproducts. Field test and implement the new technologies in commercial gins.