The American Society of Agricultural Engineers is paying tribute to one of the cotton industry's most innovative and important production tools - the module builder.

On May 29, a ceremony will be held on the campus of Texas A&M University to proclaim the development of the module builder a national historical landmark.

Edward Hiler, Texas A&M's vice chancellor and dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences, states, “The module builder, developed with funding from Cotton Incorporated, revolutionized the cotton industry and is one of the top three innovations in mechanized cotton production including the cotton gin and mechanical harvester.”

Allowing producers to continue harvesting by eliminating cotton trailer backups at gin points and decreasing (from 40 percent to 20 percent) the percentage of the crop classed as light spotted, were two significant economic impacts the module builder afforded growers.