On the morning of October 15th, the demonstration meeting for mechanized cotton picking, as part of the complete mechanized production of cotton in Yellow River basin, was held in Nangong Demonstration Base of Institute of Cotton of Hebei Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Science.
On the spot, the delegates observed the harvest operations of light-duty cotton pickers including American Case spindle picker, Huzhou Xingguang spindle picker and 4MZ-3 brush roller picker. The picking rate was all above 95% and the effect of machine picking was fully affirmed and unanimously praised.
Nangong Demonstration Base had a demonstration field of 500 mu of mechanized production of cotton in the whole process. The cultivars were the new varieties - Ji 2658 and Jimian 646. From the field preparation, fertilization, sowing, weeding, mulching, intertillage, chemical control, pest control, harvesting, straw collection( return to the field) to residual film recycling, the whole operations were mechanized. On September 23rd, it was measured by experts organized by the Agricultural Mechanization Promotion Station of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs that the yield of seed cotton was 382.3 kg/mu .
The Vice-President, Zhang Qiang, asked the researchers of the Institute of Cotton to further strengthen innovation from the aspects of cotton variety breeding, cultivation technology research and integration of agricultural machinery and agronomy, so as to make greater contribution to cotton production in Hebei.
More than 300 people attended the demonstration meeting - academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering Chen Xuegeng, deputy head of the Agricultural Mechanization Technology Development and Extension General Station of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Tu Zhiqiang, deputy director of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Department of Hebei Province Duan Lingling, deputy secretary of Institute of Cotton, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Song Guoli, former vice-president of Hebei Agricultural University, Ma Zhiying, relevant leaders and experts of Xingtai Agricultural and Rural Bureau and People’s Government of Nangong City, principals of Agricultural Mechanization Promotion Stations, experts and scholars of Institutes of Cottons and some cotton growers of Xinjiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Hebei Province and other cities.