Economic feasibility of narrow row spindle picker cotton Academic Article uri icon


  • Agronomic research has shown that cotton grown on narrower rows (30 in) can exhibit a positive yield response when compared to conventionally spaced rows (40 in). While narrow row cotton can easily be harvested with a stripper harvester, spindle pickers are not currently available with that capability. Recently, several independent producers devised a conversion procedure to allow a standard spindle picker to harvest 30in row cotton. This economic feasibility study of such a conversion indicates that narrow row cotton can produce a higher and more stable net return than conventionally spaced cotton when harvested with a converted spindle picker. This applies to the Lower Rio Grande Valley and can be extended to other areas which produce long staple cotton that requires spindle picking. Copyright 1985 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company

published proceedings

  • Agribusiness

author list (cited authors)

  • Teague, P. W., Heilman, M. D., & Lacewell, R. D.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Teague, Paul W||Heilman, Marvin D||Lacewell, Ronald D

publication date

  • January 1985