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Research Project: ENHANCING PROFITABILITY & SUSTAINABILITY UPLAND COTTON, COTTONSEED, & COTTON BYPROD THROUGH IMPRVMNTS IN HARVESTING, GINNING, & MECH PROCESS

Location: Cotton Production and Processing Research

Title: Research needs of cotton ginning industry - survey results

Author
item Holt, Gregory
item Ashley, H. - National Cotton Ginners Association
item Isom, R. - California Cotton Ginners Association
item Nelson, A. - Texas Cotton Ginners Association
item Findley, D. - Southeastern Cotton Ginners' Association
item Price, T. - Southern Cotton Ginners

Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/30/2014
Publication Date: 5/5/2014
Citation: Holt, G.A., Ashley, H., Isom, R., Nelson, A., Findley, D., Price, T. 2014. Research needs of cotton ginning industry - survey results. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference. CD ROM. P:519-521.

Interpretive Summary: Regional responses were similar to national responses with the top three answers being similar but in a changed order of importance. For example, for Question 2 (Top 3 Research Needs of the Ginning Industry) the National response had Automation/Labor (14.6%) as the top need followed by Module Handling/Unwrapping (11.5%) and Production/Processing Costs (11%). The Southwest regional response had Module Handling/Unwrapping (20%) as the top need followed by Production/Processing Costs (15%) and Automation/Labor (12%). Comparing the National and Southwest responses for Question 2, both had the same responses in the top three but in different order.

Technical Abstract: A survey was sent out to members of the cotton ginning associations across the United States. The survey asked five questions: 1) In what state is your gin located? 2) In your estimation, what are the top 3 research needs of the ginning industry? 3) What are the top 3 research needs of your gin? 4) In your opinion, what is the biggest improvement needed in modern day ginning? 5) What is the biggest improvement needed in harvesting cotton? A majority of the respondents were from the Mid-South (47%) followed by the Southwest (27%), Far West (18%), and Southeast (8%).