The freshly picked cotton contains lots of seeds, which must be removed. The spinners do this preparation work using a metal rod, rolling it over the cotton and pushing down with both hands. Out pop the seeds - 25 to 30 in each boll! The seeds are not thrown away; some are replanted, some are ground up and used for feed for cattle and pigs; but first the oil extracted from this process is sold as cotton seed oil.
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