​​​​Proper Handling of Round Cotton Modules – From Field to Gin

April 2013 | 15 min., 57 sec.
by Thomas D. Valco


This presentation will help cotton producers, custom harvesters and ginners to reduce the chance of plastic contamination in the cotton bale. The rapid adoption of round modules has caused some problems and concerns in the handling and processing of round cotton modules. When round modules are handled improperly, the potential for plastic contamination in the cotton bale is increased. This presentation will review the proper methods of handling round modules in the field and the gin.​

About the Presenter

Thomas D. ValcoThomas D. Valco is the Cotton Technology Transfer Coordinator for the Office of Technology Transfer, located at the USDA, Agricultural Research Service in Stoneville, Mississippi. He serves as the Mid-South Area technology transfer coordinator and coordinates technical interactions and tracks new developments related to cotton production and processing. Prior to USDA, Dr. Valco served as the Director of Agricultural Research with Cotton Incorporated with focus on cotton tillage, row spacing, chemical application and precision farming, defoliation and harvesting research. Dr. Valco received his BS and MS and PhD degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University. Dr. Valco is recognized as a national expert in Cotton Production and Processing Technology. He has authored and coauthored numerous publications and technical presentations on cotton production, precision farming, cotton harvesting and field storage, ginning, cottonseed handling and storage, and fiber quality evaluations. He works to organize and conduct gin schools at the three USDA, ARS Ginning Laboratories and also provides training to extension agents on ginning and textile processing to support the US Cotton Producers.

Contact Information:
Email: Thomas.Valco@ars.usda.gov


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