Alabama harvest


| 11/8/2012 10:16:03 PM


Tags: Hooligans, cotton pickers, combines, cotton, soybeans, Border collies, iris, sunsets, Mary Carton,

 barn below the mountain 

 The air around my part of the countryside has been dusty and noisy with the hum of combines and cotton pickers.  First it was the remnants of a dust storm blowing in from Colorado with winds that pulled tin off of barns and blew a tree down in my yard.   We haven’t had rain in weeks, so the soil is very dry which makes it very dusty in the fields while combining soybeans and picking cotton.

   combining soybeans 

I rode my John Deere to the fields behind my house and took several pictures of the soybean fields being combined by the Wrights. They were working into the night trying to beat the rain.  The outside of combines haven’t changed much over the years expect the addition of cabs with makes it easier to stand the dust.  Now they don’t have to stop to unload the beans into a transport hopper.  Trying to unload a combine into a moving wagon while still cutting the beans and staying in the row takes a lot of skill. The insides now have computerization, GPS and technology which reduce wastage.   As I rode around the outside edge of the field, I noticed that my fuel gauge on empty.  Checking the tank, I only had a little diesel left in the bottom funnel coming out of the tank.  I was sweating all the way home, as you don’t want to run out of diesel.   The last time I did, I thought I’d never get it started again.

   soybean dust 

On our dairy farm most of the tractors were older models and only the last one Dad bought had a cab on it.  These early models had a lot of trouble with the filters clogging up and the air conditioner breaking down.   My uncle used to ride around with the windows opened until a tree limb broke them out.

mary carton
11/16/2012 3:04:19 AM

Cindy and Heather, not sure what happened to my previous reply. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I realized after a comment about cotton being defoliated, that farmers in other areas of the country don't realize what is involved in other crops. We don't grown peanuts, pecan, potatoes. citrus or rice here and it would be kinda neat to see how those are harvested.


cindy murphy
11/15/2012 1:12:03 PM

Very interesting, Mary - especially for someone who lives in an area where cotton is not grown. I've only seen cotton fields at harvest time once. A number of years ago, a group of us friends from different parts of the country had a girls' weekend; our friend who hosted the weekend lived in North Carolina. It was October, and the cotton fields were tufted white....and irresistible to us that had never seen cotton growing. In the cover of darkness, like school kids pilfering apples from an orchard, we sneaked into the cotton field near our friend's house, and we each picked a single tuft of cotton breaking out of its pod. We giggled the entire time....just like school kids. I've still got the pod somewhere, kept as a memento of the trip. Ah, good times - thanks for triggering the trip down memory lane.


heather jackson
11/13/2012 4:46:38 PM

Very interesting! I have started seeing those cotton bales in the fields and was quite intrigued by the innovation!


mary carton
11/11/2012 4:31:56 AM

Thanks Dave, this picker must have been the largest size as it was huge and so were their tractors. A lot of money was on those fields. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


nebraska dave
11/11/2012 4:11:51 AM

Mary, very interesting about the cotton harvest. A friend of mine actually worked in the John Deere plant in Des Moines, Iowa that manufactured the cotton pickers. I didn't get a tour of the plant but I saw the pickers that were ready for shipping. There were three sizes. The largest was humongous. It was over $300,000. It's really expensive to farm in today's farm culture. I really love your landscape pictures. It's my favorite kind of pictures. Of course it just wouldn't be a Mary post without some shots of the hooligans haven't a good time. Have a great cotton pickin' day.





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