Seed Cotton Handling Storage


Seed Cotton Handling Systems

Machines to form cotton modules at the site of harvest solved the serious problem of harvest being delayed by ginning capacity. A primary advantage of seed cotton modules has been the decoupling of the harvesting and ginning operations. By forming modules that can be stored in the field, harvest can continue when crop condition and weather allow, regardless of the ginning rate. Changes in the cotton ginning industry have resulted in modules exposed to inclement weather for longer periods of time. The consolidation of the ginning industry has meant fewer gins with larger service areas, and thus a longer ginning season.

Protection Against Weather

If not well protected, exposing seed cotton to weather can reduce both producer and ginner profits. Rain damages cotton by increasing moisture content, reducing color grade, causing rot and heating in the module. These avoidable quality changes affect the price received by the producer, as well as increasing the cost of ginning because of increased drying energy and reduced ginning rate. Wind can blow cotton from exposed modules, resulting in less salable lint and seed.



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