​​​Cotton Module Electronic Numbering Standard

October 2018 | 26 min., 04 sec.
by Edward M. Barnes
Cotton Incorporated


​Historically seed cotton modules have been identified using custom systems developed by individual gins for their customers. With the move to electronic data management and the potential for different manufacturers to provide pre-numbered module covers or tags, a numbering standard for seed cotton modules is needed. Therefore, the goal of this project is to provide a standardized method of numbering cotton modules and the associated technology to facilitate automated tracking of seed cotton modules from the field through the module feeder at the gin. This presentation will be of interest to cotton producers and ginners who are interested in electronic module tracking as well as any company that would like to provide electronic module tracking service and support. Additionally, the standard is inclusive of the system currently used by John Deere so this presentation will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand the RFID tags used with round modules. This standard is designed for global applications so that manufacturers of the enabling technologies should expect that if the system defined in this standard is followed, it can be applied to any cotton production system in the world. This will allow a company anywhere in the world to create RFID tags or pre-printed bar codes that will ensure a unique identifier is generated for a U.S. cotton module.

About the Presenter

Edward M. BarnesEdward M. Barnes is Senior Director of Agricultural and Environmental Research at Cotton Incorporated where for the last sixteen years he has managed agricultural engineering related projects, including programs on: precision farming, ginning, irrigation management, conservation tillage, and cotton harvest systems. He has also served as a team member in documenting cotton’s progress in reducing its environmental footprint while at the same time increasing productivity and currently serves on the Science Advisory Council of Field to Market, The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. Prior to coming to Cotton Incorporated, he spent seven years as an Agricultural Engineer for the USDA, Agricultural Research Service at the U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory in Phoenix AZ developing uses of remotely sensed data for agricultural management, with a focus on water optimization. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineer’s (ASABE) and has served as chair of the society’s Engineering for Sustainability Committee, Precision Agriculture Committee and is a trustee of the ASABE Foundation. In 2013 he was awarded the National Conservations Systems Precision Agricultural Researcher of the year award, and in 2014 the ASABE Mayfield Cotton Engineer of the Year Award. Over his career he has received six ASABE Blue Ribbon awards for agricultural education activities, two USDA Certificates of Merit for research accomplishments, and authored or co-authored over 80 technical publications. He received his BS and MS in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from NC State University and PhD in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Contact Information:
Email: EBarnes@cottoninc.com


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