Cotton Harvest in West TexasWhile my neighbors in West Texas do not need a blog post to tell them about cotton, I have relatives in Southeast Asia who might be interested in some photos of cotton harvesting here.
This cotton does not have an abundant yield because it was grown during a drought year. The plants are also small because the weather freezes in November, killing the plant, so they do not grow large over several years as in the tropics.
The first step in harvesting the cotton
is to strip it, or remove the cotton
from the stalk. This is done with
the machine called a stripper.
the farmer unloads it into the compactor.
This machine compresses the cotton into a firm block
that can be transported to the gin.
Next, the stalks are shredded so the field can be plowed for the next crop. The machine works like a giant lawn mower.
Finally, here is my own, personal cotton crop.