Monday, January 19, 2015

Cotton Harvest

Cotton Harvest

Some of you may never have seen a cotton plant or observed the process to get the cotton to the processing plants to make cloth for the clothes you wear. Excuse my shadow, I had to stand between the sun and the plant so I could see! 

We were driving to Eldorado TX, where we picked up the venison I posted about last week, when we noticed there was action in the fields.

There were several large pieces of equipment scattered about.  A large sort of combine machine was passing through the field, although it appeared he had missed a considerable amount of cotton still on the plants.  There was a huge rectangular wagon, which I am assuming was used to make the cotton bales.


For you farm and ranch folks out there, it looks like there is mostly John Deer equipment. Here's a picture of a John Deer Cotton Picker I found on the Internet:
This whole harvesting project produces huge bales of cotton to be taken to the processing plants. These were scatted around the fields, covered with a tarp and marked with a brand probably identifying their source, I'd guess.


My hubby and I did get a bit of chuckle, however.  If you can't make it growing cotton in Eldorado, just drill for oil!


This area near San Angelo TX is one of the newer sights for oil drilling in Texas.

If you would like to know more about the history of Cotton Harvesting, just click here. Since this harvesting used to be done by hand, I can imagine how the hands and fingers must have been raw and bleeding by the end of a hard day in the cotton fields. The thorns and stems on these are brutal! The "Song of the South" is a patriotic song from our history.


Words and pictures from the song and the Confederate armies. Please, I am not making a political statement!

Linda Kay

34 comments:

Amy at love made my home said...

This is one of the things I love about blogging, getting to see things from all around the world that you don't see where you live yourself! Fascinating. Thank you once again for sharing! xx

eileeninmd said...

I have drove past cotton fields and they looked so pretty. Great post, thanks for sharing. Have a happy new week!

biebkriebels said...

Cotton, oil, it is all new for me. I have once seen some cotton fields in the south part of the US but without the white bulbs.

Saucy Kodz said...

Aah, the cotton pickers - yep, that was a brutal job and look at that equipment today. Technology never ceases to amaze me. Now, I have never seen a real cotton field, except in movies or in a documentary and I wouldn't want to pick cotton; however, I do marvel at this wonderful plant. I can remember when I was a kid and went to the movies and saw a great western movie and that was when I first heard "I wish I was in Dixie Land". Love the tune (singing it in my head right now - hurrah, hurrah) - Lovely post and most interesting.

whiteangel said...

Lucky I have seen cotton fields within Australia..very interesting how it's all done.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I'm from El Paso. Can say I've seen a few cotton pickers in my time.

Lin Floyd said...

my husband's relatives had a cotton gin in Gatesville...

The Armchair Squid said...

I have a high school friend who lives in Oklahoma now. He's an aspiring photographer and posts lots of amazing shots of the agricultural world of the great plains - so far removed from most of our lives, yet so vital to them.

TexWisGirl said...

it would have been a very difficult task to pick cotton by hand, i am certain. neat that you got to see the combine and baler!

strangelynaked.com said...

The cotton plant before it blooms is beautiful and you wouldn't guess that it would pop into this white ball of fluff.

Michelle F said...

Hi, Linda Kay!

When we lived in an old farmhouse in S.C. we were surrounded by cotton fields. Although we are no longer surrounded by them there are fields where we now live. You did a wonderful job of explaining in your post.

Thanks for the `song of the south`.
Isn't it a sad day in America when we have to make sure others know we are not making a political statement.

William Kendall said...

It's possible I've seen cotton fields- we took a trip to the deep South when I was a child to the Disney resort in Florida, but time fades the memories.

John's Island said...

Wow, those are quite some mounds of cotton! Interesting pics and post!

Tabor said...

I have lived in Texas and remember the "King cotton" farms that no longer made the fortunes they used....much like our tobacco farms up here.

Cherdo said...

The first time we drove to Mississippi, I had to stop by the road and pick up some cotton (post harvest). That plant is fascinating to me.

DeniseinVA said...

This was a fascinating read Linda Kay. I saw cotton growing in a field on our travels a while back. So pretty when the flowers are blooming. I first saw a cotton plant and it's unusual flower up the road here at a visitor center at one of our local parks. They grow a small garden of flowers and veggies that were used in colonial times. Fortunately the gardener was working and I asked him what it was.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Cotton fields are very interesting. Thanks for the tour!

Mike said...

I don't think I've ever seen (or at least noticed) a cotton field.

Bethany Carson said...

Very interesting post, Linda. I've seen cotton fields in Texas and Arkansas, but never have seen them harvested. I love to listen to "Dixie," good song!

Big Sky Heidi said...

Great sons!

Gosia k said...

Wow, it is very interesting post I have never seen cotton field before

Janie Junebug said...

I've seen a photo of a cotton plant before, but I've never seen the actual plant. Some people used to pick as much as 500 - 800 pounds of cotton/day. I can't even imagine how hard that was.

Love,
Janie

carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating post and photos ~ I was amazed when I saw my first cotton field!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

The Yum List said...

There were cotton plantations not far from where I grew up. As a teenager it was good holiday money picking cotton.

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

we see Cotton fields in VA all the time. i love seeing tobacco, soybean, what else peanuts. there are always things ground around here. ( :

Linda W. said...

I've never driven through the south, so I've never had the chance to see cotton being harvested. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing your photos.

Romi C said...

I've seen cotton plants in the botanical garden, and I know what their flowers look like, but I've never seen a cotton field. I didn't know cotton is harvested at this time of the year.
Thank you for sharing your photos.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I have seen cotton fields and wondered how they were ever harvested by hand, it must have been grueling work. Thanks for sharing your photos:)

Linda said...

Love these photos, Linda!

Jeanne said...

Hi Linda Kay, I have been around lots of cotton fields in the South. They grow along the highways on our way to Florida when we drive through Georgia. It is so interesting and sometimes after the picking we have picked the cotton bits and pieces. that was left behind. The whole process is so interesting.

A fun post today. Thanks.

xo, Jeanne

Kay said...

This does, of course, make me think of slavery and that would be appropriate for Martin Luther King Day.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi There, You live in an interesting area of our country. I have another friend who lives in West Texas --and she has a farm. They have been busy harvesting their cotton lately too...

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

You are right that some of us have never seen a cotton plant. I do have a faux one that looks like pictures I've seen.

It is hard to imagine it was all picked by hand not so long ago. That would have been a terrible job.

Cynthia said...

I've seen cotton grown but never those huge bales. Interesting. Once when we were traveling in the South my dad stopped so I could pick a cotton boll to take back to show my third grade classmates. They were impressed!

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