By admin       2018-09-10

Use the watch list, train harvest crews and other field workers to police the fields and understand the consequences of allowing harvesting equipment to pick up foreign material. Inspect harvesting equipment daily (i.e. check for hydraulic leaks or grease in areas that come in contact with seed cotton, foreign materials on picker spindles or stripper rollers, etc.). Do not allow modules to be built or dropped at locations where potential contaminants will be picked up with the modules. Unacceptable locations include areas with standing or shredded stalks. Use a method to identify modules that does not require the marking of seed cotton. Starting with the 2018 harvest, USDA AMS Cotton and Tobacco Program will implement two new extraneous matter codes for samples containing plastic contaminants. This change is being implemented in response to industry requests and concerns, according to USDA. Beginning July 1, the new matter codes identified by C&T cotton classes are Code 71 for Plastic Level 1 and Code 72 for Plastic Level 2. USDA Farm Service Agency plans to use the “Other” (or Code 61 and 62)extraneous matter discounts for the new plastic extraneous matter codes.This is the same discount structure that has been used in previous years since plastic contaminants were identified using the “Other” extraneous matter code.

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