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Research Project: Enhancing the Quality and Sustainability of Cotton Fiber and Textiles

Location: Cotton Quality and Innovation Research

Title: Small plot harvesting with a round module baler cotton harvester

item Delhom, Christopher - Chris
item Wanjura, John
item Alege, Femi
item Thomas, Joseph
item GHOLSON, DREW - Mississippi State University
item Chastain, Daryl

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/10/2023
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The introduction of round module baler cotton harvesting equipment in the mid-2010s has provided for a fundamental shift in commercial cotton harvesting and ginning. Conventional basket harvesters are no longer manufactured in the United States. Many cotton researchers utilize small plots, consisting of 4 or 8 rows, during agronomic research and when machine harvesting is required the harvesting is carried out with older basket-style harvesters. Work was undertaken in Stoneville, Mississippi during the 2021-2022 crop to utilize a CP770 harvester on 8 row plots approximately 150 m in length. Data collected from the on-board software, including yield estimates and module weights, was compared to data collected by weighing the modules and hand-picking for yield estimates. Two harvesting patterns, 6 rows and 8 rows, were compared. Observations were made on specific modifications needed for harvester operations and module handling to produce round modules from small plot research.