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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: New and Improved Assessments of Cotton Quality

Location: Cotton Structure and Quality Research

Title: Impact of storage condition on fiber quality and color

Authors
item Delhom, Christopher
item Fortier, Chanel
item Gamble, Gary
item Rodgers, James
item Cui, Xiaoliang
item French, Alfred
item Martin, Vicki -

Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: January 23, 2014
Publication Date: April 14, 2014
Citation: Delhom, C.D., Fortier, C.A., Gamble, G.R., Rodgers III, J.E., Cui, X., French, A.D., Martin, V. 2014. Impact of storage condition on fiber quality and color. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference,January 6-8,2014, New Orleans, Louisiana. p. 941-944.

Interpretive Summary: The majority of cotton produced in the United States is exported. Baled lint is stored for an average of approximately 18 months before processing in textile mills. The duration and environmental conditions of cotton storage and shipping can impact cotton quality in terms of color and possibly processing. The most notable change is that the +b value for some bales increases between classing and processing overseas. A long term project is underway in which 12 bales were ginned from a single module and subjected to long term storage under various conditions. Standard physical testing and a variety of chemical analyses were performed on the samples as well as textile processing to examine changes in the fiber quality due to storage condition.

Technical Abstract: The majority of cotton produced in the United States is exported. Baled lint is stored for an average of approximately 18 months before processing in textile mills. The duration and environmental conditions of cotton storage and shipping can impact cotton quality in terms of color and possibly processing. The most notable change is that the +b value for some bales increases between classing and processing overseas. A long term project is underway in which 12 bales were ginned from a single module and subjected to long term storage under various conditions. Standard physical testing and a variety of chemical analyses were performed on the samples as well as textile processing to examine changes in the fiber quality due to storage condition.

Last Modified: 9/1/2014
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