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    Posted: 09 Dec 2019 at 2:23pm
Just got home from a recent trip that included I-16 from Macon to Savannah, GA.  Along the way we saw a few fields of cotton that hadn't been harvested yet.

Now, I'm a central Illinois boy that's always been around corn and soybeans.  So, can someone tell me why some of the cotton fields haven't been harvested yet?
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No idea on the cotton but that I16 is a long, long road. Last time I was through there I didn't see much more than pine trees and emergency phones
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I am not a cotton farmer nor do I play one on tv but I would think it would have something to do with moisture content or waiting for frost to kill off all the foliage and they probably haven't had a good frost yet. Don't think we have any Forum members that are from that area that could give us a real answer. 

You are right, Tyler, not much on I-16, just Macon on one end and Savannah on the other. Long, long road in July or August driving a deuce and a half to or from Camp Swampy.
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Maybe our friend Creston can answer that question as he was on the Allis Connection calendar for October, in his cotton harvester.
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Just Wait A Cotton Pickin Minute, and it'll get harvested. Wink  I couldn't resist as I've heard that Wait A Cotton Pickin Minute phrase way too many times in my life.
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what's the difference between a 'cotton pickin minuet' and a 'new York minuet'?
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With the spring some areas in the south had I'd say it may have been planted late and didn't mature. Just a guess
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Originally posted by thendrix thendrix wrote:

No idea on the cotton but that I16 is a long, long road. Last time I was through there I didn't see much more than pine trees and emergency phones

You've sure got that right!  It's a two and a half hour drive with not much scenery other than trees.  We travel it about three times a year going down to visit our son at Hilton Head Island, SC.
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A"New York minute" is 30 seconds because the City moves twice as fast as anywhere else. A "Cotton picking minute" is 60 seconds as in when the first Cotton picking machine was invented to pick cotton in 60 seconds.
 
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Wait a cotton pickin minute can be an eternity but a New York minute can happen in a blink of an eye. Now the real question is ,Which is more fun?
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Just came across i 26 last week and saw bales of cotton wrapped with blue and also yellow plastic instead of big square cubes of cotton. Must have a new style cotton picker
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Drove by a cotton field today that hasn't been picked yet . Dunno why though .
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The couple of fields that I saw were closer to Savannah than Macon so it would have been on the eastern part of the state.
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Next time you come through stop for a visit if you have time. We'll be in Fairmount
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there is still some over here in west Texas that has not been picked yet.
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"Gone in a NY minute" usually referenced how fast something was stolen!
More a NYC reference, we used to chuckle at how the "downstate" references labelled everyone in the state and most of us upstate never even ventured down to the "big city".
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I see Lou is speaking of minuets.  LOLLOLLOL
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Cotton in the deep south is harvested with cotton pickers. Cotton pickers because they don't get the hard freezes to kill/defoliate the plant, like is needed to use a cotton stripper. But now with chemical defoliants, that reason's kinda out the window. Cotton strippers are used in the west TX and OK area which are a totally different machine but get the same end result. 
Cotton used to be harvested with a cotton picker twice a season. This was while the plant still had all the foliage. Some bolls would be open, and the picker harvests the exposed lint. Some bolls would be immature and still closed, and those would be left on the plant to open and be harvested later. Pick the field twice to preserve lint quality, as the longer the lint is exposed to the elements, the lower the grade, and the less it sells for. Not sure if picking fields twice is common practice anymore or not. 
Humidity and lint moisture does play a role, because if the lint is damp when it's baled, the seeds in the lint will sprout, and the entire bale will be worthless. Most cotton processing gins in our area won't take sprouted cotton. 
And yes, tadams, the cotton round bales are relatively new technology, proprietary to John Deere. 
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Creston, good to see you back on here. Out of school for the Christmas/New Year's break? 
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     As Eli Whitney once said, "get your cotton pickin' hands off my gin".
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Creston, thanks for the information.  I suppose those fields that I saw may have been picked once and were waiting on their second picking, as you suggest.

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Originally posted by Hubert (Ga)engine7 Hubert (Ga)engine7 wrote:

Creston, good to see you back on here. Out of school for the Christmas/New Year's break? 
Hi Hubert, yes they give us a month off for Christmas and New Years. Time to get to work on all the projects at home that have accumulated over the semester...
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