If early indicators are accurate, this month’s Stoneville Ginners School in Stoneville, Miss., should surpass last year’s enrollment – mainly because of increased cotton acreage throughout the Mid-South. At least, that’s what Harrison Ashley, executive vice president of the National Cotton Ginners Association, is anticipating on June 15-17.
Because of lower cotton acreage in 2009 in the Mid-South, total enrollment at last year’s Stoneville Ginners School was 67.
“I really think our numbers will pick up this year,” says Ashley. “There were a lot of factors that affected last year’s signup. We also attract a lot of folks from the Southwest and Southeast, so I am very optimistic about what our final numbers will be at Stoneville.”
Excellent Attendance At Schools
Previous Ginners Schools were conducted in Lubbock, Texas, on April 5-7 and Las Cruces, N.M., on May 11-13, and, not surprisingly, the Lubbock school attracted 149 students and 50 participants in Continuing Education courses. Besides the Continuing Education curriculum, Level I, Level II and Level III courses are offered at all Ginning Schools.
Level I courses are: Introduction to Cotton Ginning and the Industry; Maintenance of Auxiliary Gin Components; Basic Hydraulics; Basic Gin Safety; Maintenance and Adjustments for Seed Cotton Cleaners, Gin Stands and Lint Cleaners; Air Utilization and Drying; and Electricity in the Gin.
Level II courses are: Purpose and Operating Principles of Individual Gin Machines; Efficient Operation; Adjustment and Maintenance of Gin Equipment; Pneumatics and Waste Collection; Electrical Systems; Hydraulic Systems; Gin Safety; Management Tips; and Roller Ginning (at the Western School only).
Level III courses are: Review of Functions of a Ginning System; Electrical Systems; Air Systems in the Gin; Drying and Moisture Restoration Systems; Matching Machinery Capacities in the System; Seed Cotton Unloading Systems and Management of Seed Cotton Handling Systems; Bale Presses and Hydraulic Systems; Safety Programs and Labor Regulations; Cottonseed Handling Systems; and Roller Ginning (at the Western School only).
Relevant Topics Contribute To Curriculum
“I think one of the reasons we had such a big turnout in Lubbock is because we’re offering timely topics to ginners, and there is the added incentive of receiving credit in the Continuing Education part of the program,” says Ashley.
He says all Ginning Schools try to adjust each curriculum so that it reflects the latest technologies being used in the ginning industry. Two new topics that should be of interest, according to Ashley, are roller ginning research and gin compatibility with new new round bale technology from John Deere and on-board moduling from Case IH.
For more information about attending this month’s Stoneville Gin School, go to www.cotton.org/ncga/ or call (901)-274-9030. Cotton Farming is the official publication for the ginning and oilseed processing industries. For more information, contact Tommy Horton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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