Experiences with Decoupled Color Grade and Leaf Grade - Ginner Perspective

John F. Visic


The impact of decoupling color grade and leaf grade for the 1993 upland cotton crop has been minimal at Chickasha Cotton Oil Company in Central Arizona. Producers are becoming aware of the new information but are reluctant to specify ginning techniques, with which most are unfamiliar, in attempts to maximize value of ginned lint. Ginners at multi-customer gins generally are not charged with authority to vary ginning techniques from standard dual lint cleaning with customary heat application techniques. Without on site classing capability results from variation of ginning techniques are speculative and ginners as well as producers are reluctant to "gamble" on reduced cleaning and drying. Any attempts by producers or ginners to vary ginning techniques to maximize lint value will be enhanced by the availability of grade information relating specifically to trash.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pg. 162
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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