The pictures above show how it actually looked to see a cotton harvester pick and then make a half module in the field.
Of all of my agricultural experiences thus far, I have to say this ranks as one of the coolest. (Sorry, Josh – riding in a combine in high heels in harvest then getting a wimpy burger wins)
My Family and I were on Tennessee’s Young Farmer and Rancher Fall Tour in Souther Middle Tennessee last weekend and we got to stop by Josh Odle’s Family farm and watch them harvest cotton. Cordell and Brian got to ride a few rounds in the field while they were harvesting. The shear technology involved in this process was amazing.
The stubble left behind in the field was fun to walk thru and pick. I have to admit that we took a bunch knack home for show and tell at the kids school. I cannot wait to go and share with the girls friends that cotton does not come from sheep and you can pick it from plants. (When Brian and I did Ag In the Classroom the other day, we kept asking where the cotton to make the kids shirts comes from and just about every group said SHEEP…)
I am saddened to think how separated most American’s are from agriculture. The best part of my life is the friendships that I have made through our farm work. My life is richer due to the experiences that I have had in Agriculture.
Next to riding in a combine, the cotton harvesting was the best.
The picker goes around the field and large pickers are in the front. Then, the cotton goes up over the driver in to the module builder. This machine is able to harvest and build modules right in the field. This has helped decreased the amount of manual labour needed to harvest cotton but the cost on these machines can be prohibitive. Josh said that whiles these machines lower manpower requirements, they cost more to run and keep up.
If you are interested in more about cotton, I suggest you check out a friend of mine’s blog http://www.JPLovesCotton.com – she can hook you up. After this fall tour, I am beginning to understand her fascination. But as cotton won’t grow on my hilly farm, I’ll have to stick to cows.