Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: January 9, 2004
Publication Date: June 1, 2004
Citation: Baker, K.D., Hughs, S.E., Mackey, J. 2004. Quality of spindle-picked cotton. In: Proceedings of the National Cotton Council. 2004 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, January 5-9, 2004, San Antonio, Texas. 2004 CDROM. p. 730. Interpretive Summary: Ever-increasing speeds for cotton spindle pickers without changing spindle design has resulted in an increase in spindle twists, seed coat breakage, and knots in individual fibers (neps), and has had a negative impact on cotton fiber quality. By quantifying the damage that results from increased spindle speeds, a baseline data set can be established that can be used as a comparison as spindle design is modified. It is anticipated that improved spindle designs will result, spindles that damage fiber less and benefit producers, ginners, textile manufacturers, and consumers at little to no out-of-pocket cost.