This week’s Cotton Newsline is 4 cuts. All cuts are John Wanjura with USDA ARS Ginning Laboratory in Lubbock, TX.
Suggested Introduction 1:
The 2009 growing season was the start of a study to look at non-conventional ways to apply conventional harvesting equipment at different stages of cotton crop maturity. John Wanjura with USDA ARS Ginning Laboratory in Lubbock,TX says the goal is to optimize fiber quality to improve the value of the lint for producers on the High Plains.
Suggested Introduction 2:
According to Wanjura the crop studied was grown under drip irrigation.
Suggested Introduction 3:
Wanjura says improvements were found in the total value per acre of cotton when harvested with a picker under conventional conditions.
Suggested Introduction 4:
Wanjura says benefits in fiber quality and maturity were seen with the initial green cotton picking event.
Wanjura pointed out that while looking to increase quality in the crop there was also a focus on maintaining yields.