At the moment there seems to be a never ending stream of tractors, trucks, and machinery back and forth as the men rush to get things done while the weather is fine. The cotton is being harvested, and that should finish today. I managed to get some photographs of the machines actually working this year!! The photograph above shows how the cotton is transferred from the bin on the picker to the 'boll buggy'. It's very dusty of course, but thankfully, these days, machinery is fitted with air conditioned cabins - so much better for the operator.
When the boll buggy is full, the driver takes it out to a prepared area where it is again transferred, this time to the module 'builder'. Needless to say, the operation of these monsters requires concentration!! The load is not just tipped in one place - it has to be spread along the length of the module bin.
I hope this photograph will show the large container/bin where the cotton is compressed and made into a large, tight, block of cotton, ready to be loaded onto the trucks to take to the cotton gin. I did show a photograph of a cotton module last year, but I can't find it on my blog at the moment.
I believe the growing season was again not ideal for a 'bumper' crop. There were lots of days early in the life of the crop when we had cloud, fog, light rain, virtually no sun. This led to uneven flowering, and consequently, there are still heaps of unopened pods. The unopened, immature pods are easily visible in this shot.
To bore you a little longer, I've taken a close-up of one of the pods, so you can see how it has just started to split - it's rather attractive isn't it. I think it is such a shame there is cotton in there, but not ready for harvest.
Of course, cotton harvesting isn't the only operation going on at the moment. We've also had an abundance of pasture growth this year, so the men decided to enlist a man to cut and bale as much as possible, in order to save some for the bad times. The shed is full, and now they are starting to make stacks out in the paddock.
I couldn't help but share this not quite so busy lot. I suppose in one way, they are busy - busy sitting around, doing nothing, and putting on weight ready for market [oh dear, I hope they didn't hear me]. I suppose it's a great life while it lasts.
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