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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: Review of current ginning research.

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

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/12/2020
Publication Date: 2/12/2020
Citation: Wanjura, J.D., Pelletier, M.G., Holt, G.A. 2020. Review of current ginning research.. Meeting Abstract. Presentation. February 12, 2020, Lubbock, TX.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: This presentation provides attendees of the 2020 Cotton Essentials Short Course sponsored by Windstar Gins, Inc. an overview of the current research efforts at CPPRU on contamination detection/removal, mechanical cotton seed delinting, and management of cotton modules using RFID technology. Plastic contamination in US grown cotton is costly to producers and threatens the long-standing reputation of the US as a reliable source of high-quality, contaminant free cotton. Research efforts underway to identify and eject plastic (and other) contaminants in seed cotton before the gin stand and at the module feeder are discussed. Residual lint on ginned cotton seed contains value that is not currently captured by the gin or cotton growers. In response, a new preconditioning system for mechanical delinting systems was developed and the performance of that system in regard to capturing a portion of the residual lint is discussed. The management and tracking of seed cotton after harvest is a critical part of gin operation but is typically accomplished using manual and labor intensive paper-tag based systems. A new electronic module management system that utilizes RFID technology was developed and the hardware and software tools that make up this system are presented.