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Research Project: Enhancing the Profitability and Sustainability of Upland Cotton, Cottonseed, and Agricultural Byproducts through Improvements in Pre-Ginning, Ginning, and Post-Ginning Processes

Location: Cotton Production and Processing Research

Title: Updates to ASABE X615.2 cotton module cover material performance

item Wanjura, John
item ANKENY, MARY - Cotton, Inc
item MARTIN, VIKKI - Cotton, Inc
item BARNES, EDWARD - Cotton, Inc
item HOLMES, SUZANNE - Cotton, Inc
item FARRELL, MATT - Cotton, Inc
item Delhom, Christopher - Chris
item ASHLEY, HARRISON - National Cotton Ginners Association
item Holt, Gregory
item Pelletier, Mathew

Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/17/2022
Publication Date: 10/17/2022
Citation: Wanjura, J.D., Ankeny, M., Martin, V., Barnes, E., Holmes, S., Farrell, M., Delhom, C.D., Ashley, H., Holt, G.A., Pelletier, M.G. 2022. Updates to ASABE X615.2 cotton module cover material performance. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: In the next two years, existing patents protecting the technology in TamaWrap Premium round cotton module wrap will expire. New, cheaper, poorer performing wrap products are beginning to enter the market. These new wrap products often do not work properly and/or fail when applied to a round module resulting in a significant increase in the potential for plastic contamination. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) standard S615.1 titled “Cotton Module Cover Material Performance” was originally developed to specify material performance criteria for conventional rectangular module covers. Work over the last few years to update this standard has developed new performance criteria for cylindrical or “round” module cover systems. The new round module cover performance criteria (included in proposed standard update X615.2) were based on measurements of TamaWrap Premium and specify minimum strength and toughness levels for the base material using specific ASTM laboratory testing methods. Moreover, X615.2 specifies the minimum expected performance of the cover as an applied system through field testing conducted over a six-month period. Color of the base film is also addressed in the X615.2 updates and specifies a set of colors that should not be used and provides a recommended color for new wrap materials that is easy for color imaging technologies to detect in flowing seed cotton. This presentation discusses the work done to develop the updates included in X615.2.