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TCGA’s Mission? Persevere In 2013

BY TOMMY HORTON EDITOR The Texas cotton industry has always had a reputation for being at its best when confronted with difficult challenges. That will be the case again in 2013 as producers and ginners deal with drought conditions and competition from grain prices. After experiencing a record-breaking drought in 2011 followed by a similar situation in 2012, it’s obvious ... Read More »

BWCC In San Antonio Offers Research, Technology Updates

The 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio will once again feature updates on research and technology at the annual Ginning Conference. Some technologies are becoming more and more economical and can easily be integrated into the gin operation. One of the most advanced technologies is the automated bale bagging system. There are several automatic bagging systems available or soon ... Read More »

Ginning Leader Valco Wins Award

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recently presented awards to nine members of notable career achievements, including ginning leader Thomas D. Valco of USDA-ARS located in Stoneville, Miss. Valco was awarded the 2012 Mayfield Cotton Engineering Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions and leadership to the cotton industry through research, education, Extension and technology transfer. For more ... Read More »

Quality Is Key In Cotton Textile Value Chain

By Christian Schindler Director-General ITMF Proactive Attitude The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), a non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in 1904, is an international advocate for the world’s textile and allied industries, and is dedicated to providing its membership with a neutral platform for the exchange of information and experiences. In this function, it also acts as a spokesman for ... Read More »

Precautions Necessary For Handling Round Modules

Few people expected the use of round modules to grow so rapidly, but now almost all gins have some cotton in round modules. Even though the introduction of the round module was met with apprehension, ginners have now accepted them and lauded their many advantages. However, the handling of round modules at the gin is still a work-in-progress. There are ... Read More »

Texas Comeback

By Tommy Horton Editor When attempting to grow cotton on the Texas High Plains, it pays to expect the unexpected. In other words, be prepared for unusual weather and try not to become easily discouraged. This is the simple philosophy that producer David Carter has embraced for the past 23 years on his family farm near Levelland, about 30 miles ... Read More »

Industry News

Texas Ginning Leader Cliff Granberry Had Historic Impact On Cotton Industry Cliff Granberry, a native of Celeste, Texas, and the owner and founder of the ginning equipment company that bears his name, passed away in July at the age of 96. Granberry started his career in 1939 when he began working in the warehouse for Lummus Cotton where he prepared ... Read More »