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Module Averaging Versus Individual Bale Classification: Some Evidence from Louisiana

Kenneth W. Paxton, David W. Britt


Module averaging of cotton lint quality measures has been increasing in recent years as the date for making the procedure mandatory nears. This paper examines the distribution of selected quality measures under both the traditional individual bale method of classing and the module averaging method. Strength and micronaire readings were analyzed for the two methods of measuring quality. Results indicated that micronaire readings were significantly different ten percent of the time while strength measures were different only two percent of the time. In terms of value, module averaging produced significantly lower discounts for micronaire.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1996 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 452 - 455
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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