Submitted to: Cotton Farming
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: August 20, 2004
Publication Date: September 20, 2004
Citation: Valco, T.D. 2004. Maximizing fiber quality and bale value. Cotton Farming, September 2004, pp22. Technical Abstract: Fiber quality is important during every stage of cotton production and there are critical steps that must be taken during defoliation, harvesting and ginning to help preserve that quality. A ginner must deliver a high quality of lint that brings the producer maximum value, while meeting the demands of the textile mill. Operating gin machinery in accord with the recommended speeds, adjustments, maintenance, and sequence while ginning the cotton at the optimum moisture level will produce the best possible end product. Utilizing available resources, such as USDA, ARS Gin Laboratories and the National Cotton Ginners Association and state gin associations can help provide the needed expertise to maintain maximum operating efficacy and high quality fiber needed for the textile mills.