Sunday, September 10, 2006

. . . look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
[John 4 (King James Version)]
This field had been defoliated. On our way to Corpus Christi last Wednesday, the planes were flying low and busy. One even went under a low power line. ["Planes and helicopters are used to seed rice and wheat, defoliate cotton prior to harvest. . ." National Agricultural Aviation Assosiation, History (link)].

Want to read the history of crop dusting? Go to the link, its fairly short but I learned a lot. I'm sure Cliff Morrow knows all about this. Heck, he could even get a summer job down here defoliating cotton with his dare-devil sprayer plane.
We saw a lot of cotton fields, some were still green and white waiting for (
these), others as pictured above, some being picked and compressed. Now they compress and bale right out in the fields with a huge machine.
They used to haul it in with wagons to a compressing plant (picture)(picture1)(picture2)(description). I was gone before it was decided that I needed a picture of the modern behemoth (picture). [Vintage Postcards, Cotton]

Hi Jim ~~ I see my garbage bins are back, so I have deleted the 2 comments
you wanted gone. Nice photos on this post. Regards, Merle.
Gidday Jim, I'm pleased you enjoyed my Three Stooges post. I have four books on the Stooges, one a autobiography by Moe and the other about Larry written by his brother. Yes do take out some of the DVD's and enjoy a good belly laugh. I've learnt what is the diff. between a bayou and a river.
I must admit you post some very interesting subjects e.g. the last one on crop dusting/cotton fields. It's like going to history lessons.
I like the cotton fields pictures. I've only seen one cotton field in real life, being a no'therner.
Interesting Jim! I have seen cotton fields on trips south before. Amazing! How hard it must have been back in the old days to have to do everything by hand. Oh their poor aching backs. Thank God they have invented machines now to help out.

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