Where do your jeans come from? Cotton!. LEARN NC Photos and information from Wendy Drake Burgess, Agriculture Extension Agent at Hertford County Cooperative Extension, NC. This is the back of the cotton picker . See where the cotton is collected?.
Where do your jeans come from?Cotton!
Photos and information from
Wendy Drake Burgess,
Agriculture Extension Agent at Hertford County Cooperative Extension, NC
This is the inside of the cotton picker. See the metal spikes? They are spindles and they grab the cotton. The spindles spin individually, and then the whole row spins so the cotton can be blown up into the bin in the back of the picker.
This is a boll buggy. While harvesting the cotton, the cotton picker can dump into a boll buggy in the field. This saves time, because the picker does not have to leave the field to dump the cotton into the module builder.
Next, the cotton is taken to a mill for manufacturing. USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) representatives use this machine to check the quality of the cotton.
This is the carding machine. Carding separates the short, weak fibers from the strong, long ones. The shorter weaker fibers are used to make your tough jeans while the longer fibers are used in your dress shirts.
Micronaireis the measure of fiber fineness and maturity. Farmers’ cotton is graded by micronaire when they send it to the gin. Cotton is spun according to micronaire. It affects the quality of the product and how well it can be dyed.