Several cross-discipline technologies are evaluated from an engineering systems-based approach, including: precision crop management; conservation tillage systems; irrigation management; harvest equipment; and ginning improvements. We are determining methods to optimize variable rate application of plant growth regulators, insecticides, irrigation, nematicides and harvest aids so that inputs are reduced without reducing yield and in some cases, increasing it. Other efforts have been focused on determining what conservation tillage practices are best suited to different regions of the cotton belt – earlier findings have shown adoption of "pure" no-till will not work for everyone. Projects to improve ginning efficiency and protect lint quality include demonstration of a new microwave bale moisture sensor, and development of best operating practices to minimize seed coat fragment generation.


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