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These pics were taken last week in Cleveland County, NC between Charlotte and Asheville, and about 20 miles north of the state line. The camera did not do it justice. The bright white bolls were beautiful against the deep blue sky. One side of the road had been harvested and the other side not.


 

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Those pictures are different than most you see of cotton. Trees at the field edges. Most cotton field pictures are huge fields with no trees. Back in the day, picking cotton by hand, at least you would have something to look at and look forward to the shade of the trees. Interesting, never seen a field of cotton....James
 

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Those look an awful lot like the ones we saw coming through SC. Still would love to see one of those pickers in action. Looks like they do leave a lot though.
 

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James, in the Piedmont region, central area between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the coastal plain, the land is rolling and hilly. Small fields are the rule, and one more than 5 to 6 acres is an exception.

Mike, I am no cotton expert, but I think most of the bolls left behind are immature and the picker cannot get them.
 

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Jim in NC said:
James, in the Piedmont region, central area between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the coastal plain, the land is rolling and hilly. Small fields are the rule, and one more than 5 to 6 acres is an exception.

Mike, I am no cotton expert, but I think most of the bolls left behind are immature and the picker cannot get them.

OK That makes sence!
 

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Jim in NC said:
James, in the Piedmont region, central area between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the coastal plain, the land is rolling and hilly. Small fields are the rule, and one more than 5 to 6 acres is an exception.

That is the way it is here. Where I farmed was a little closer to the Willamette Valley and along the river bottom between the little and Big Luckiamute rivers and the fields were bigger down there. We get a lot of rain here so we have a lot of creeks that empty into the rivers. I am NW of the Valsetz basin, one of the wettest places on the west coast. Over 100 inches/yr and with the SW winds we have here we get a lot of rain. I am on the east side of the Coast Range, up into the forests, no farming just small garden patches and pastures. Have to go east several miles to get to flat enough land to even grow hay....James
 

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I wouldn't know the first thing about growing cotton, but sure do like the pictures. Thanks for sharing them. :D :D
 
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