Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chopping Cotton




If there is one thing you would not want to do, it would be to have to chop cotton in Natchitoches, Louisiana, but unfortunately that is what this man had to do. It is hard to imagine anything rougher than having to work in the sun in that humidity. I think we all forget too easily how good we have it.

5 comments:

  1. One morning of this Job convinced me that engineering was a good choice.

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  2. Is cotton any harder to weed than any other crop? What's the big deal?

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  3. Yard work in southern Maryland during the summer is just as bad. Fortunately for me it isn't all day long every day of the week.

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  4. The problem comes when you have been hoeing all day (say 6:30 AM to ^04 7 PM), and you have only done about 10% of your fields. Then there is the stock to feed and fence to mend, etc. Also, it is hot as the devil for most of the day.......

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  5. I just learned from a friend in her 60's that she grew up in Southeast Missouri on a cotton farm. School let out in May so all the family and kids could go the fields and chop cotton. Then school started back in July so they could be let out again in late Sept and Oct to pick cotton, back to school again in late Oct. I had no idea about that before. She got paid three dollars for every hundred pounds she picked. That included the adults, teens and kids as well.

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