Cotton Incorporated has recently published a document that combines the research done in North Carolina and Texas looking at handling Round Modules and contamination. The publication goes through the many aspects of wrap damage that were observed by the researchers in working with Rounds. This publication should be read by all ginners and shared where possible with producers to help the entire process understand how modules get can get damaged and contamination can make it into the gin to begin with.
A couple years ago, one gin had a LARGE number of plastic calls. The only thing the gin did to change that was to limit who drove the equipment that unloaded and staged the modules on the yard. Limiting the operators to a couple well trained individuals made all the difference and their calls all but went away.
Please take a few minutes to download, read and share this document.
As was discussed at some of the gin schools and other places, TAMA, the manufacturer of the wrap that John Deere Round Module pickers use for seedcotton modules has developed an indicator that will help with proper cut locations. Since the wrap was first introduced, there has been some consternation as to where the plastic needs to be cut or not cut to minimize the plastic contamination from the tail or loose non-tacky wrap.
TAMA has introduced a cut indicator on the tape that connects the inner wrap and the outer wrap. This cut line shows through the outter wrap. It indicates that you should cut no Continue reading
Cotton industry targets bale contaminants | Cotton content from Western Farm Press.
One of our priorities for this year is to stress the importance of contamination prevention. Keeping foreign material from getting into the gin is the best way to handle it. Lets all work together this year to minimize and eliminate contamination exposure.