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.
Producers can harvest cotton when the quality is at its peak and then store it in modules, rather than leaving the crop exposed to weather in the field. Modules allow gins to handle seed-cotton more efficiently, to help extend the ginning season and to operate more hours each year without expensive down time. Properly built modules will withstand adverse weather and losses during storage, loading and hauling. However, to avoid damage to lint and seed quality, modules must be carefully managed.