Cotton: From Field to Grading

FARMS Leadership – Central Valley – October 20, 2020 Location of Field Day: Cardoza Brothers Company – Tulare, CA Mid-Valley Cotton – Tulare, CA USDA Grading – Visalia, CA On October 20th the Central Valley FARMS students got an inside look at how cotton is harvested, processed, and graded. The virtual tour started out in Tulare, CA, with Cardoza Brothers Company. They harvest fields of cotton in Tulare county and then send their product to Mid-Valley Cotton, also in Tulare. The cotton gin at Mid-Valley takes in the cotton from the field and removes the seed and other debris from the cotton boll, leaving you with a clean product to be sold. Of course, there is some grading to be done over at the USDA facility in Visalia, CA. This is where the virtual tour ended and students were able to see the process cotton goes through in order to be graded. Students were sent Kits that included cotton seed, bolls, lint, and an information booklet. Thank you to our hosts at Cardoza Brothers, Mid-Valley Cotton, and USDA Cotton.