Just Build It: Seed-Cotton Storage & Handling in Modules Since modules were introduced in 1972, their use has steadily increased. Today nearly all seed-cotton is stored in modules prior to ginning. Handling and storing seed-cotton in modules clearly benefits both growers and ginners by de-coupling the harvesting from ginning processes.
Just Tarp It: Selecting a Module Cover Dimensions and characteristics of tarpaulins are important factors when selecting a module covers. Many varieties of cover materials and features available. Guidelines for choosing covers are presented.
Cotton Module Transportation Calculator How far can module trucks travel to retrieve modules in order to increase gin machinery utilization before transportation costs negatively impact ginning costs?
Opinions Vary On 'Ground' Cotton Cotton Farming magazine's Western Region Edition (October 2013) noted that "...cotton roods gather a great deal of cotton, they also pick up almost everything else they encounter in the field – dirt, rocks, tarp, plastic bags, sticks, etc. ..."
NCC Bale Moisture Fact Sheet Because NCC policy recommends moisture levels in cotton bales at the gin not exceed 7.5%, the NCC's Quality Task Force urges diligence be exercised to minimize the possibility of fiber quality deterioration due to excessive water and concentrated wet spots; this is a special concern with gins that use liquid spraying systems.
NEW!! A web page created in August, 2016 contains resources for help in preventing seed cotton and lint contamination. Most of these resources previously were available on this Quality Preservation page.
Harvest Systems Web Pages
Cotton harvest systems publications from Cotton Incorporated covering:
1) Spindle-type cotton harvesters,
2) Stripper-type harvesters,
3) Handling and storage of seed cotton, and
4) Economic decision aids (cotton harvest equipment investment analysis)