Near Kingstree, South Carolina, miles and miles of cotton fields
After the relentless march of the boll weevil across the South, the resurrection of one of our state's top crops has taken a hundred years. Most of the cotton is ripe now and drying, 250,000 acres of a fluffy blanket of white in the distance.
Even if you don't wear cotton clothing, you consume cotton. It's in your ice cream, your toothpaste, potato chips, pretzels, and cookies, your cosmetics and plastics.
The paper money you carry around? 75% U.S. cotton!
If you live in the U.S., much of it comes from South Carolina.
Salter, SC, sharecropper's cabin
With a moderate summer, adequate rainfall, and a little mercy from Hurricane Irma, South Carolina farmers stand ready to harvest their biggest cotton crop ever.