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Research Project: Enhancing the Quality, Utility, Sustainability and Environmental Impact of Western and Long-Staple Cotton through Improvements in Harvesting, Processing, and Utilization

Location: Cotton Ginning Research

Title: Evaluation of the Goldenlion Contamination Cleaner

Author
item Whitelock, Derek
item Armijo, Carlos
item Pelletier, Mathew
item Funk, Paul
item Holt, Gregory
item Wanjura, John
item KOTHARI, NEHA - COTTON, INC.
item MARTIN, VIKKI - COTTON, INC.

Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/10/2020
Publication Date: 1/10/2020
Citation: Whitelock, D.P., Armijo, C.B., Pelletier, M.G., Funk, P.A., Holt, G.A., Wanjura, J.D., Kothari, N., Martin, V. 2020. Evaluation of the Goldenlion Contamination Cleaner. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference, January 8-10, 2020, Austin, TX. Presentation only.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: A full-scale, commercially available seed-cotton contamination and leaf cleaner was purchased by Cotton Incorporated from Handan GoldenLion Cotton Machinery Company, Handan City, China and assembled in the USDA-ARS Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Laboratory. Handan claims that the cleaner removes more than 80% of plastic contamination from incoming seed cotton. Initial tests showed poor extraction of plastic round module wrap which is stiffer and heavier than the plastic mulch that typically contaminates cotton in China. The machine was modified to improve airflow with goal of improving performance at removing round module wrap. This presentation will summarize testing conducted to fully evaluate the efficacy of the GoldenLion cleaner at extracting typical plastics and sizes encountered at U.S. cotton gins. If the GoldenLion performs well, it could be an off-the-shelf tool for U.S. gins to use in the fight against cotton plastic contamination.