Cooperators from the ginning industry help instruct classes at all levels.
The Stoneville lab is unique in that we have a mini-gin and other machines with Plexiglas sides, so the students can watch the cotton go in and through the ginning process from beginning to end," says Anthony.
Stanley Anthony is located at the USDA-ARS Cotton Ginning Laboratory, P.
The computer model that we developed can help make decisions during ginning that can ultimately affect market price.
To determine what ginning steps are necessary to maximize farmer profit, the computer uses five pieces of information to calculate ideal ginning conditions.
Cotton market grade is based on color, trash content, preparation, fiber length, strength, and other quality factors-all of which can be influenced by ginning.
Once the "brain" behind computerized ginning was developed, scientists turned to devising instruments that could detect information during ginning and transmit it to the computer model.
This allows the model to make ginning decisions that will result in the best possible blend in each bale of ginned cotton to help improve grade and farmer profit.
This helps to control valves in the ginning system that will route cotton through the right cleaning machines.
This allows cotton to bypass a particular operation and travel to the next ginning step.
In current ginning systems, as much as 50,000 pounds are ginned each hour.