Cottonseed Storage

By: M. Herbert Willcut, Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service William D. Mayfield, USDA Extension Service, Memphis, TN Thomas D. Valco, Cotton Incorporated, Raleigh, NC.

For every bale of cotton ginned approximately 800 pounds of seed must be handled from beneath the gin stands and placed either in a temporary or long-term storage facility. For long-term storage, aeration is necessary to reduce seed temperature and moisture, and minimize mold growth and insect activity within the seed.

This paper briefly describes structural and aeration requirements to maintain seed quality during storage. A complete discussion of design criteria is reported in the USDA Marketing Research Report No. 1020, "Aeration of Cottonseed in Storage" (Smith, 1975).


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