Being on our bikes, out in the lovely rural area we enjoy not only clean air but beautiful sights of Georgia crops.
On Wednesday we spotted one huge field where they had started harvesting cotton...
Husband Pieter with his Bicycle Helmet, holding the fluffy cotton.
You also get an idea how tall this pressed wall behind him is!
That is enough cotton for LOTS OF T-SHIRTS...
This one still needed to be covered.
This is the 'Mold' where the cotton is being sucked into and compacted.
Heavy equipment is being used for this cotton harvest.
This is the mechanical cotton picker.
Behind this picker you see the bare plants, to the right there are still 4 rows for the next turn.
Okay, we did go to the same field on the other side, where the harvest still needed to begin, to show you how vast it is!
This is a screenshot of the Youtube video shown below.
Our little Toyota RAV4 with the bike rack and our two Schwinn Bikes parked alongside the road and we walk into the field.
It has been a very DRY summer, as you can hear from Pieter's footsteps through the grasses towards the cotton...
An up close view of these ripe and fluffy cotton balls.
This gives already a taste of the vast field it is being grown on...
A sea of white cotton balls as far as you can see!
Impossible to look into the low sun, that is still very strong here in Georgia!
Wednesday, October 12 at 18:07 and still 27°C or 80.6°F
Hope you enjoyed this little rural excursion with us on our Bike Route!
What does a cotton plant look like?Growing cotton in the south - Interesting short video showing the plant and also its enemy the boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis).
Cotton Ginning Process Video I - Showing how those pressed bales are being loaded up.
Cotton Ginning Process video part 2 SilverLake Growers Gin - Showing you how it is being handled at the Cotton Gin for removing all the seeds, sticks, stems and burrs. Also the excess moisture is being removed.
Cotton Seed House Silver Lake Growers GinPart 3 - Showing you what is being done with the separated cotton seeds.
Cotton Trash and uses for it Silver LakeGrowers Gin part 4 - Showing you the waste, which is also being used as fertilizer and in compost.
Cotton Bale press, Docking, Trucking of cotton Silver LakeGrowers Gin part 5 - Seeing the end product being pressed with the use of hydraulics and loaded up as bales to be used to make clothes!
The History of Cotton | Cotton Documentary - Documentary Films with mention of the Arab word Qutun that sounds more like the Dutch Katoen, for English Cotton... Interesting movie!