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Research Project: Enhancing the Profitability and Sustainability of Upland Cotton, Cottonseed, and Agricultural Byproducts through Improvements in Pre- and Post-Harvest Processing

Location: Cotton Production and Processing Research

Title: Acoustic sensing of seed-cotton trash levels

item Pelletier, Mathew
item Holt, Gregory
item Wanjura, John

Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/22/2018
Publication Date: 5/31/2018
Citation: Pelletier, M.G., Holt, G.A., Wanjura, J.D. 2018. Acoustic sensing of seed-cotton trash levels. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference. Friday, January 5, 2018: 8:45 AM.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Modern cotton gins have a limited capability for handling varying levels of trash in the seed cotton. They can however slow down to provide another level of control. Due to the economics of running the gin plant, this is however a last resort that should only be done for the highest levels of trash where there is a high probability that the gin wouldn’t be able to clean up the cotton in order to produce acceptable lint grades and avoid bark aor grass calls that would incur discounts onto the final bale valuations. In the interest of providing a means to assess seed-cotton trash-levels, for use as a control signal controlling the plant, this research explores the potential use of acoustic sensing for assessing seed-cotton trash levels.