The Cotton Picking Story in Australia (Now with Higher Res Images)

Alanroseman

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Awesome and informative set!

Hi Brady.

Thanks much. That's a really nice informative, well documented set.

I really appreciate the insider look at the goings on there during cotton harvest.

Thanks again. Alan
 

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Thanks for bumping this up Icon, I missed it first time around. Great pictures and very interesting - although as a beekeeper I didn't like the looks of that spray plane!

Bill
 

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The Loading Of A Cotton Module

Here's how the modules are loaded and carried from the farm to the cotton gin.

The truck coming around the corner
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He drives past the module to be loaded
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Reverses back
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He reverses back until there's just enough room to open the door. He is operating the door by the controls on the side of the trailer.
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The hydraulics for the trailer is operated by it's own power plant at the front
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He now operates the controls to move the trailer cage backwards. As it moves over the point of balance, the back drops down onto the ground.
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Once on the ground, the crawler tracks engage and this pulls the whole shebang along the ground- including the prime mover. The tracks push the chain bed underneath the front of the module.
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The tracks continue to move the trailer and truck backwards while the chain bed continues to pull in the module
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Here you can see it's nearly in
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Tucked in bed
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Off he goes to the gin and unloads the same way in reverse.
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So more interesting shots for your enjoyment. GF1 and 14-45mm. The 2 black and white ones are processed in Silver Efex.


JD 9976 Six row picker unloading

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This one was an accident. I was just about to take the pic when my brother came around the front on the picker and saw me. He went to move out of my way but I took it as he moved so that's why his arms are kinda bent. I really love how his arms compliment the cotton chutes on the picker.

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The new John Deere pickers are Automatic Round Balers!
Here is a truck load of the Round Cotton Bales. They weigh about 3 ton each and are approximately 2.2 metres high and wide.

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fantastic stuff! all that machinery is amazing (from my engineering perspective)!

Thank you for sharing :)
 

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10.30PM and calling it a day after 13 hours. Cleaning the machines before we knock off.


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Thanks for this report. It looks like you do this down under the same way they do it in my wife's home state of Georgia...

although maybe they drive on different sides of the row?? :wink:

Thanks Allan! How's that eh- two Allan's Posted. Yeah it just depends on how tired we are to what row we pick.:smile:


Brady,

The one shot you posted early this morning, just makes us want more....

Thanks, Alan
We'll I have another to tease you with.
 
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