Update of Cotton Fiber Quality Mapping

February 2024 | 24 min., 20 sec.
by Jason Ward
North Carolina State University


​Cotton fiber quality is determined by a complex interaction of field conditions, harvesting, handling, and ginning. Cotton fiber quality mapping leverages the capabilities of modern cotton harvesters to uniquely identify each harvested round module and tracks that module from the field, through the gin, and into fiber quality analysis. When combined, this information can reveal spatial patterns in fiber quality within a field along with their associated premiums or discounts. This new layer of information can identify field practices and varieties that directly impact the value of the harvested crop.

About the Presenter

Jason Ward Jason Ward and the Advanced Ag Lab at North Carolina State University conduct interdisciplinary research and Extension programs focused on agricultural sensing technologies, digital farming methods, and data analytics. Their goal is to leverage agricultural data sources, management, and analysis to drive real-world, actionable insights across commodities and production systems. Jason holds a PhD and is a licensed professional engineer (PE). He has worked in precision ag for industry, government, and academia for more than 15 years. He is an assistant professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State and was a recipient of the 2020 Educator/Researcher Precision Ag Award for Excellence.

Contact Information:
Email: jason.ward@ncsu.edu


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