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10-716  Project Manager: J. M. Reeves

A DETERMINATION OF COTTON MARKET PRICES REQUIRED TO JUSTIFY THE USE OF A FIELD CLEANER IN COTTON STRIPPING

Blake K. Bennett, Texas AgriLife Extension Service

This study examined whether there are certain price and lint loss combinations that would justify by-passing the field cleaner in cotton harvesting. Results indicated that the use of a field cleaner produced higher levels of lint loss in both the harvesting and ginning stages. However, the cotton production sector also realized ginning cost savings when using a field cleaner due to higher turnout levels. These ginning cost savings were present with both one-priced ginning and two-priced ginning. When comparing the total net returns to the production sector, field cleaned cotton produced higher net returns than non-field cleaned cotton under all scenarios except when two-priced ginning was used with high cotton lint prices and high lint loss associated with field cleaned cotton. These results suggest that the savings in ginning charges outweighs the value of the loss of cotton lint associated with field cleaning cotton under most conditions.

 

Project Year: 2012
 

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