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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: Fiber quality and contamination

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

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/26/2020
Publication Date: 2/26/2020
Citation: Wanjura, J.D., Pelletier, M.G., Holt, G.A. 2020. Fiber quality and contamination. Meeting Abstract. Presentation. Wichita Falls, KS, February 25-26, 2020.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Cotton production in the US Southern Great Plains continues to expand to the north each year. New cotton growers in this region have expressed great interest in gaining a greater understanding of fiber quality and how it can be influenced by post-production processes. This presentation discusses the influence of harvest and ginning practices on fiber quality and identifies critical points for producers to consider in efforts to maximize fiber quality and economic returns. Moreover, lint bale contamination from plastic module wrap is estimated to cost US producers about $500 million annually. This presentation also discusses new technologies and module handling practices that help to mitigate the issue of plastic contamination in the field and during the ginning process.