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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: Managing cotton modules using RFID technology and an update on plastic contamination research

item Wanjura, John

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/6/2018
Publication Date: 4/6/2018
Citation: Wanjura, J.D. 2018. Managing cotton modules using RFID technology and an update on plastic contamination research. Meeting Abstract. Presentation. Mayador, TX on March 26, 2018.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: An electronic module management system was developed and utilizes Radio Frequency Identification tags embedded in the plastic used to cover cylindrical modules formed by John Deere Harvesters. This electronic module management system consists of a Cotton Harvest File Download Utility that automates the process of retrieving module specific information from the John Deere website, a mobile application for scanning modules staged at the edge of the field, a module truck based system for scanning modules as they are loaded/unloaded in the field and at the gin yard, and a data management utility that compiles all of the module location data for inventory and reporting purposes by gin users and growers. This system was designed so that the individual components could be used individually or in any combination, allowing gins the ability to customize the management system that best meets their needs. The benefits of this system include reduced labor in tagging/identifying modules, reduced labor in managing module inventories from the field through the gin, improved asset tracking, and improved transportation logistics for moving modules from the field to the gin. Ongoing research focused on detecting and removing contamination from cotton during field and gin operations was discussed.