A couple of months ago, I saw one of these photos posted in one of the Facebook groups for farmers that I am in. I asked at the time that I be able to put it on my blog (since I love cotton so much). The photographer — family farmer Sue Leggett from North Carolina — said sure and offered to send me a few of the photos from her farm. I recently found that email and realized I had totally dropped the ball!
I love what she’s done!
During harvest season, farmers compact cotton into these big modules to be able to store them short-term til the crop gets to the gin. Farmers put a code number for the field they picked in and occasionally something else. The Leggetts did some simple math on theirs, it just results in big numbers! Knowing what can be made from one bale of cotton and that there are approximately 13-15 bales in a module (they’d know better since they know variety & about the weather), here’s what they saw being produced from the cotton in this field! And I bet it made some folks look!
If you are interested in learning more about cotton, let me know what questions you have or feel free to browse the cotton 101 section where I give some of the basics of my favorite fiber!