Quality Preservation

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Module Averaging Program
Module averaging is a voluntary program offered by the USDA, AMS, Cotton and Tobacco Program since 1991... It started as an effort between the USDA and an industry task group on quality to address a problem with the accuracy of the strength measurement.  The success of the initial program led to the inclusion of micronaire, length, and length uniformity.

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.

Recommendations for Handling Seed cotton Exposed To Excessive Rainfall
Widespread extended rainy and wet conditions periodically impact the U.S. cotton crop. Almost every year, some growing areas experience significant yield and quality losses due to inclement weather. Wet weather negatively impacts lint color and seed quality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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)