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Seed Coat Fragments Challenged Gins In 2020

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Seed coat fragments have been a long-term issue for cotton. Fragment outbreaks occur sporadically every three to five years in some region of the United States. Last year, the region included Alabama, Georgia and Florida, with the biggest outbreak of seed fragment calls in the past 20 years. And it was no coincidence this is also one of the worst ... Read More »

A Reputation At Stake

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The National Cotton Council’s Board of Directors has taken a timely position regarding reclass procedures for bales contaminated with plastics. Is this a real concern? ■ Yes. To maintain U.S. cotton’s reputation, the industry remains steadfast in eliminating plastic contamination from lint. However, the frequency of 71/72 plastic calls in U.S. cotton bales by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture ... Read More »

Efforts Continue To Curb Contamination

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A reoccurring topic in regional meetings across the Cotton Belt in 2018 has been contamination — in the field, in gins, in bales, and ultimately in textile manufacturing. Unfortunately, this issue doesn’t seem to be fading for the 2018-2019 growing and ginning seasons. Cotton in the United States has long been known for being clean and contamination free, but it ... Read More »