|Growers monitor cotton moisture before picking the crop.|
|A round cotton module is ready to be unloaded.|
- Harvest when there is no dew present and the humidity in the air is less than 70 percent. A good rule of thumb is if there is dew on vehicles during harvest then the cotton is probably too wet.
- Bite into a cotton seed. It should be hard and crack in your teeth.
- Feel the cotton to determine if it’s too wet. The ideal reading on a moisture meter should be around 6 to 8.5 percent, according to the USDA. The reading shouldn’t be more than 12 percent.
- Moist cotton will jam up in a harvester, causing the fiber to be thrown in front of the picking heads.
- Check if dense globs of fiber are thrown into the collection basket.
|Alfalfa growers looking for one more harvest this season.|