Relationship of Cottonseed Moisture to Seed Damage at Gins

E.P. Columbus, G.J. Mangialardi


Five cottonseed moisture levels and two feedrates were used in an experiment to determine their effect on cottonseed damage and the occurrence of seed-coat fragments (SCF) in the ginned lint. The higher feedrate resulted in significantly higher seed damage while the SCF numbers only showed a trend to be higher. Seed damage increased with moisture content with the largest increase occurring between seed moisture levels of 11.6 to 14.5%. SCF numbers and weights were larger for the higher moisture contents. This study indicated that cottonseed were more susceptible to damage at higher moisture contents and the high feedrate seemed to accelerate the damage process.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 1727 - 1729
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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