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Research Project: New Technologies for Managing Cotton Modules and Harvest Information

Location: Cotton Production and Processing Research

Project Number: 3096-21410-008-56-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 1, 2019
End Date: Dec 31, 2019

The objective is to develop a module management system for use by gins which utilizes RFID module ID technology and other associated systems to provide useful information (e.g. current module location, processing status, and load weight) to ginners and producers.

Work in 2019 will focus on testing, refinement, and expansion of the three electronic module management tools developed in 2017 and 2018. These tools form the basis of an electronic module management system that can be used by gins to automate the identification and tracking processes associated with moving cotton from the field to the gin. Our work in 2019 will begin with addressing issues identified during testing at a commercial gin in 2018. The initial testing will focus on identifying proper hardware mounting, antenna selection, antenna signal configuration, software function, and data transmission. Large scale testing is anticipated to occur with a small gin in the US that is committed to implementing RFID technology. This phase of the testing is intended to identify any functional changes that need to be made to the system to improve utility or ease of implementation. A new version of RFID Module Scan that allows the system to accept grower/farm/field data from the gin office data management utility is planned. It is anticipated that the changes to RFID Module Scan will provide improved consistency in cotton ownership information between the different components of the electronic module management system. Lastly, in response to ginner feedback, an iOS version of RFID Module Scan will be compiled for testing in 2019. The source code for programs developed in this project will be freely available on "github" to allow commercial software developers the ability to adapt their programs to support electronic module tracking and management.