The Mathematics of Cotton Harvest

D.W. Parvin, Jr. and Fred T. Cooke, Jr.


This paper provides estimates of numerous technical parameters required to investigate the economics of harvesting cotton.

As the cost of harvesting cotton has increased, growers have been adjusting by increasing the number of acres per picker. Whether growers are attempting to realistically ad,just acres per picker consistent with their own attitude toward weather related risk or researchers are attempting to accurately simulate cotton harvest, estimates of a large number of parameters are required.

The purpose of this paper is to share a considerable number of estimates which have been useful to the authors and to provide a couple of examples of its use. These estimates will be useful to growers, researchers, extension specialists, bankers, equipment dealers, and others.

Reprinted from 1990 Proceedings: Beltwide Cotton Production Research Conferences pp. 119 - 121
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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