Rolling in Cotton
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri Nov 1, 2013 11:37 AM CDT

TUNICA, Miss. (DTN) -- The John Deere cotton picker lumbered over the flat-as-a-pancake Mississippi Delta like a big bug with an insatiable appetite. Gobbling in stalks laden with fluffy, white bolls, it simultaneously digested and kicked out its meal in neat, plastic-wrapped packages.

Cotton farmer Justin Cariker still feels a bit of awe when observing the machine's efficiency. "This technology has changed this industry," he told DTN. "Cotton may be more labor intensive during the growing season, but when you get to harvest I think it's now easier than corn."

Midsouth cotton acres have declined significantly over the last few ...

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