Ashley offered tips to help keep contaminates out of cotton at the farm and the gin.

At the farm level:

  • Remove plastic mulches, poly irrigation ditch liners, pipe, and shopping bags, plus grease and oily residue from fields before harvest.
  • Inspect harvest equipment daily for foreign material during harvest.
  • Do not place modules near potential contaminants or on standing or shredded stalks.

At the gin level:

  • Make sure module covers and wraps are completely removed prior to ginning. Account for every piece of plastic.
  • Frequently inspect the module feeder area for foreign matter.
  • To safeguard workers, be prepared to shown down the equipment or the gin to remove contaminates until the job is complete.


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