The module of tightly packed cotton (cotton is dry like the clothes you love to wear).
Is then delivered to the cotton gin.
Here the module is ran through several cleaning machines–machines that take out the any bits of sticks, burrs and the seeds.
Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, of whitch the fiber is almost pure celulose. The cotton fiber protects the sticky seed until it is time for it to ‘leave the plant’ and make a plant of it’s own.
The cotton plant is a shrub, and in the tropical deep south or other tropical areas of the world it is a perennial, therefore producing bolls all along. That is why in tropical areas the cotton is picked by a picking machine. The picking machine picks only the bolls that are ripe and broken open.
In subtropical regions…west Texas, the shrub is not treated as a perennial, but stripped taking all of the plant parts. It freezes in west Texas so the plant will die anyway.
The fiber is most often spun into yarn or a thread and then used to make soft, breathable fabric.
Once inside the gin machines pull and clean the cotton, plus seperating it from the cotton seeds.
The balls go through another process that stretches the balls and bales them together.
They then go to the packaging station
Where the 550 pound bales are wrapped ready for delivery to a factory
I hope you have enjoyed this tiny little window into a small part of the farming world of west Texas.
I have found that farmers and ranchers everywhere love the land. They take great care to take very good care of the land and the plants and the animals that live upon the land. One reason is this is how they make a living, but the other reason (and probably the most important reason) is it’s in their blood. In their dna, in the fiber of their beings.
Roy (he farms over 3,000 acres), Terry -farms in western Colorado, and Vadarae who owns several farms and invited us to “Come on down the Harvest is on!”
I have a few more delightful posts from the west Texas area that I will do soon. But Friday with Fuzzy and Boomer will be tomorrow!