I was on the road yesterday in the North Carolina piedmont which is cotton country. As I passed by one of the large fields it occurred to me that it was likely that many of you have never seen a cotton field. So I decided to stop and take a few photos.
Cotton is the second most valuable crop in North Carolina, behind tobacco. It is too cold to grow it here in the mountains, but the southern piedmont and the coastal plain are ideal for growing the crop. It isn’t an easy crop to grow, as weeds and insects can be major problems. It requires a lot of water and so must often be irrigated.
When the cotton is ripe, the fields are often described as snowy. Actually, snow in this region does look like a cotton field, as the snow often falls on ground that is not entirely frozen and so patches of the ground show through.
Cotton forms in a pod (boll) which pops open when it is ripe. What you can’t see are the seeds, which are stuck to the fibers and are hard to remove by hand.
And speaking of snowy, this is what we woke up to this morning. The snow had been forecast, but somehow I don’t think we really believed it until confronted with three inches of the fluffy white stuff.