It's nearing the end of November and most of South Carolina's 250,000 acres of cotton have been picked. On a drive through cotton country, these long modules of picked cotton lie, waiting for the heavy equipment to load them and take them to the gin. The longest modules in the field weigh 20,000 lbs, the shortest 5000 lbs.
Pre-Civil War times
and 20 years ago, before modules were
compacted in the field
One of the oldest producers of US cotton, South Carolina, after two years of crops decimated by rain, expects to break the state record. Alas, poor Texas and Georgia farmers' fields, hit by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, look like this:
Texas Farm Bureau Photo