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Agricultural Research Service

Title: Value out of the Rear of the Gin - Utilizing Cottonseed and Gin Wastes to Maximize Profits

Author
item Valco, Thomas

Submitted to: Cotton Farming
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: October 8, 2009
Publication Date: November 1, 2009
Citation: Valco, T.D. 2009. Value out of the Rear of the Gin - Utilizing Cottonseed and Gin Wastes to Maximize Profits. Cotton Farming. November, 2009. p. 23.

Interpretive Summary: The best way to tell how good of job you are doing in the gin is to look at what is coming out the rear of the gin. The gin takes the harvested cotton modules, conditions and separates it into different product streams; the lint into a marketable UD bale, the seed into storage (short or long term), the motes into a mote bale and the remaining wastes into a pile at the rear of the gin. Under ideal conditions, about 1280 pounds of material must be processed per 480 lb lint bale of picker cotton and much more for stripper cotton. If all goes as planned, it would be a simple process. Unfortunately nothing is simple and ginners needed to take a close look at the trash pile to make sure the amount of fiber and seed is minimal.

Technical Abstract: The best way to tell how good of job you are doing in the gin is to look at what is coming out the rear of the gin. The gin takes the harvested cotton modules, conditions and separates it into different product streams; the lint into a marketable UD bale, the seed into storage (short or long term), the motes into a mote bale and the remaining wastes into a pile at the rear of the gin. Under ideal conditions, about 1280 pounds of material must be processed per 480 lb lint bale of picker cotton and much more for stripper cotton. If all goes as planned, it would be a simple process. Unfortunately nothing is simple and ginners needed to take a close look at the trash pile to make sure the amount of fiber and seed is minimal.

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