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SIX GOALS OF COTTONSEED QUALITY



In 1994, the cotton industry established six goals for improving cottonseed quality. All goals were set with the understanding that lint yield and quality should not be sacrificed and these will continue to be of greatest economic importance in breeding programs.
  • Increase the overall seed market value. Value is defined as the economic return per unit (either $/acre or $/ton) to the seller of the seed. This is realized through increasing oil and protein content to a minimum base of 18.5 percent each and by maintaining fatty acid and amino acid profiles which are as good as or better than the current varieties.

  • Develop a standardized test for measuring seed coat fragility. Once in place, seed coat fragility information should be included in variety test reports.

  • Eliminate gossypol as a component in the seed while retaining gossypol in other parts of the cotton plant. The nearterm goal is keeping total gossypol below 0.8% in the kernel.

  • Recognize the importance of seed size parameters to ensure uniformity while not diminishing oil and protein content. A seed index of 10 (mass in grams of 100 fuzzy seeds) should be established as the minimum level.

  • Develop an accurate and standardized test for seedling vigor.

  • Continue industry/government efforts to eliminate aflatoxin as an economic problem.



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