Submitted to: Cotton Gin and Oil Mill Press
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: August 29, 1998
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Review article - Interpretive Summary not required.
Technical Abstract: Short fiber content in ginned lint can be dramatically reduced with technology developed by the Cotton Ginning Research Laboratory (CGRL) of the USDA and others. These dramatic improvements in short fiber are sufficient to meet current textile industry demands. Many years of ginning research have consistently demonstrated the impact of each ginning machine on the fiber quality parameters of numerous varieties of cotton as measure by the existing cotton classification system as well as other parameters that are very important to the textile industry. The impact of the moisture content while ginning and cleaning cotton has also consistently illustrated its effect on fiber qualities. A computerized gin process control system (CGPCS) is now available to utilize this information to optimize drying and cleaning. Farmer profits are also increased over $20 per bale. New lint cleaning technology has also been developed to reduce fiber damage and fiber loss during gin processing, and to increase farmer profits.