What is in this article?:
- Plastic contamination threatens U.S. cotton industry
- Industry-wide problem
- Tips to avoid contamination
- U.S. cotton has the reputation as the cleanest lint in the world.
- This distinction is under threat these days by an increased amount of plastic contamination found in shipments received by domestic textile mills.
- This finding has the U.S. cotton industry on high alert. The plastic threatens U.S. cotton’s clean reputation.
Participants at the 2013 Arizona Cotton Industry Meeting from left: James Dodson, chairman, National Cotton Council (speaker), Robstown, Texas; Roger Murphey, Desert Distributing Company, Ehrenburg, Ariz.; and Mark Lange, NCC President (speaker), Cordova, Tenn.
Tips to avoid contamination
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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