Cotton season never comes without a hitch and 2012 is no different for Big Creek Gin, Lyon, Miss., where 24 hours of steady rain slowed down movement in the gin yard. Manager George Gammill says Big Creek Gin will process about 16,000 bales for 2012 and he hopes to be finished close to the first week of November.
Peanuts are a very promising crop for Delta growers and peanut acreage continues to increase. Mark and John Agostinelli, Agostinelli Farms, Clarksdale, Miss., and Steve Ferri, Ferri & Ferri Farms, Clarksdale, Miss., began flipping peanuts and preparing to run combines in late September.
Ginning season has gone into high gear at Bobo-Moseley Gin Co., Lyon, Miss. Managed by Rodney Conley, Alamo, Tenn., Bobo-Moseley sends out 1,100-1,200 bales each day; with a likely total of 40,000 bales in 2012. Conley, in the cotton business since the age of 16, carries 30 years of ginning experience.
Cotton pickers are rolling across the Mississippi Delta as harvest season kicks in. With 1,650 acres in cotton, brothers Mark and John Agostinelli, Agostinelli Farms, took advantage of clear skies to begin harvest in Clarksdale, Miss.
U.S. agriculture has been hit with tremendous heat in 2012 — with more to come. Cotton, corn, soybean, rice and peanut fields show the tenacity of Delta farmers as they battle with high temperatures and summer sun.
Summer’s heat is merciless in the level land of the Delta. With the heart of summer still to come, Mississippi producers are hopeful of a fine harvest: Cotton, beans, corn, rice and peanuts. Photos taken in Coahoma and Quitman counties.
It’s a timeless Delta scene as fields fill with crops and the growing season sets in. Cotton, beans, corn, wheat, rice and peanuts have made their acreage claims as farmers tend fields and start the long road to harvest. Technology and technique will always change; but Delta dirt remains the same — the lifeblood of the region’s agricultural heritage.
Ian and Jimmy Hayllor traveled a total of 18,000 miles to buy a John Deere cotton picker in Tunica, Miss., and transport it back home to Australia. Whether battling floods, government regulations, or crop-eating kangaroos — they share the same self-reliant attitude of American farmers. They doesn’t trust mineral companies, have no patience with the environmental ‘greens’, and believe the government is a broken machine. Over the last 20 years, their cotton bales-per-acre average has been in the 3.5-3.75 range.