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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: Module storage and gin contamination management

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

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/21/2020
Publication Date: 1/21/2020
Citation: Wanjura, J.D., Pelletier, M.G., Holt, G.A. 2020. Module storage and gin contamination management. Meeting Abstract. Presentation. Altus, OK, January 21-22, 2020.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: In-field storage of seed cotton after harvest has changed recently with the introduction of new cotton pickers and strippers from John Deere. New "round" or cylindrical modules wrapped in plastic by the harvester have experienced quality and quantity losses due to harvest moisture levels in the cotton. This presentation discusses critical harvest and module storage practices to maximize the post-storage quality of seed cotton. Lint bale contamination from plastic module wrap is estimated to cost US producers about $500 million annually. This presentation discusses new technologies that help to mitigate the issue of plastic contamination in the field and during the ginning process.