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ASABE Standard addresses protective cover materials.

Press Release Summary:

September 20, 2012 - ASABE announced completion of standard ASABE S615, Cotton Module Cover Material Performance, which sets minimum performance levels for materials used in manufacture of seed cotton protective covers and includes testing protocols for verification. Previously there was no basis for consumer comparison of performance characteristics of various commercially available products.

American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers - St Joseph, MI

Original Press Release

ASABE Developes Standard for Seed Cotton Protective Cover Materials

Press release date: September 11, 2012

ST JOSEPH, MICHIGAN—The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announces completion of ASABE S615, Cotton Module Cover Material Performance.

The new standard sets minimum performance levels for materials used in the manufacture of protective covers and includes testing protocols for verification.

Protective covers are critical for maintaining the quality of seed cotton stored in modules prior to planting.  Large financial losses for both producers and ginners have been documented for modules with covers incapable of preventing water penetration.  Research has shown that commercially available models vary widely in their ability to withstand exposure to sun and wind and to maintain their water resilience. Some models break down very rapidly, while others have a long life.  Previously there was no basis for consumer comparison of the performance characteristics of the various commercially available products.

ASABE members with standards access and those with site-license privileges can access the full-text via electronic download on the ASABE online Technical Library at elibrary.asabe.org/. Others can obtain a copy for a fee directly from the library or by contacting ASABE headquarters at martin@asabe.org.

ASABE is recognized worldwide as a standards developing organization for food, agricultural, and biological systems, with more than 240 standards currently in publication. Conformance to ASABE standards is voluntary, except where required by state, provincial, or other governmental requirements, and the documents are developed by consensus in accordance with procedures approved by the American National Standards Institute. For information on this or any other ASABE standard, contact Scott Cedarquist at 269-932-7031, cedarq@asabe.org. A current listing of all ASABE standards projects can be found on the ASABE web site at www.asabe.org/projects.

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300, emailing hq@asabe.org or visiting www.asabe.org/.

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