High Cotton

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  1. Calif . Antique Equipment Show is here!

    It was an incredible show. Tony did an outstanding job as chairman. Everything Tony does is first class and this show was no different. He poured his heart and soul into it and it paid off. Everyone sure made an old southern boy feel right at home. I want to thank everyone that worked so hard to make me welcome and the show a great success. I just hope I can live up to the high standard and do half as good for Red Power Round Up June 13-16, 2018. www.rpru2018–if I do it will be a success.
  2. Harold H would have been 77 today

    Great guy! He knew his cotton pickers also.
  3. Red power 2018

    Why would anybody just want to go for one day !!!! haha. So many tractors so little time. I understand sometimes schedules dictate that--the main thing is you are attending Red Power Round Up June 13-16, 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama. www.rpru2018.com We have so much planned that it is hard to answer that question. Each day is the same but different--as for tractors and exhibits the only way to see them all (and I am not sure you could even do that) is to be there all four days. The exhibits are a moving target--understand that some come early and leave early others don't come until late and stay till the end--so at no time are all of them there at the same time. You just have to do the best you can. We have things each day that are the same each day like cotton picking demonstrations. Then each day we have things that are only on that day. For example we plan to parade downtown in front of the capital along famous Dexter avenue only on Wednesday leaving the show grounds at 10 am. Thursday we will have a parade on the showgrounds. Friday we have something very special planned (don't be late) along with a cotton picker only parade. Saturday we have the auction and National membership meeting. So you see lots of variety each day. You always have a lot of new exhibits that come only on the last day because it is Saturday and they have to work during the week and that is the only day they can attend and exhibit--some of the neatest and rarest items I have seen have been on the last day. The main thing is to attend--this will be the most unique Round Up to date!
  4. prayers desperately needed

    Prayers from Alabama.
  5. Something You Were Always Told As Kid

    No matter what he sent me to do dad would say : "Hurry every chance you get" If he sent you after something "don't come back without it" and sometimes he would add or "I will put my shoe in your a$$."
  6. Red Power Round Up 2018

    Check out the website. www.rpru2018.com. You will find all the descriptions along with pictures to give you an overview. We have a Civil Heritage tour, Cotton Gin tour, Legends tour, Old Alabama town tour, Hyundai tour, Indian Artifacts tour, and the Harriott II paddle wheeler boat excursion on the Alabama river. Something for everyone!
  7. Red Power Round Up 2018

    We are only 125 days from Red Power Round Up 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama. www.rpru2018.com. If you are interested in tours we have them on the website now and they will fill up fast. I try to post a picture each time I visit this thread just for the fun of it and to give you something to talk about and enjoy. A field of white cotton makes a great background for red tractors.
  8. Cheaper Cotton Picking

    Great article--thanks for sharing. As I had stated before somewhere--a lot of people had tried to bring a cotton picker to market over the years and failed-- but International Harvester was the company that actually made it happen in 1943 with the first commercially available pickers to ever come to market. This year at Red Power Round Up June 13th -16th 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the introduction of the cotton picker. "No wonder wide-awake cotton men are watching" --I love that line from the article and I hope as Eric said that Red Power is getting the attention of " wide-awake IH collectors all over the world" Delta Dirt you need to attend--a lot of the Red Power forum members would love to meet you!
  9. Red Power Round Up 2018

    Mom could do it all. Dad bought her a Super M with power steering so she could plow cotton. Of course before all the chemicals etc you had to start plowing when cotton was in the four leaf stage. Very slow—normally 1st gear and took forever to cover many acres so we put as many tractors in the field as possible. I started with an H farmall and two row front mounted plow when I was seven. I couldn’t reach the brake and the clutch at the same time. If I got into trouble in anyway I simply pushed the switch off and went for help.
  10. Red Power Round Up 2018

    Farming is a Family Affair! My dad wasn't the only one that could run a one row cotton picker. Check this picture out from the early 60's and Mom with a full basket of cotton ready to dump into the wagon. For those that know pickers ( Delta Dirt) check out the automatic header attachment you can see in this picture--that was cutting edge way back then.
  11. She is home!

    The power of prayer ! Great News.
  12. How far would you drive a tractor home

    I am not trying to tell a bigger fish story here—but this is a true story. We don’t have a lot of big CaseIh tractors around us because there are no dealers close by. So when I came by a local truck stop and saw four 305 CaseIh tractors all pulling two huge silage wagons each naturally I had to check this out. They had stopped for a break. Turns out they contract silage cut for someone around Sylvester,Ga and they were headed back home to Seymour, Indiana—700 miles one way. They drive this trip every year. They started out years ago hauling them and it would take two weeks each way to get everything moved. Now they just drive them in 4 days. So drive it home sounds like a fun little parade compared to some.
  13. Red Power Round Up 2018

    Cotton pickers had the same basic progression that corn pickers had. They started back in the day mounted on a tractor then later on became self propelled units. These one row cotton pickers are mounted on a tractor—in this case a Super M Farmall. The picker can be taken off the tractor and the tractor used to farm with and then come harvest time the picker could be mounted back onto the tractor. Same concept that was used for mounted corn picker except you didn’t have to turn the tractor around to run backwards. Takes about a good day to take one off.
  14. Red Power Round Up 2018

    You stay pretty clean. That picture I had already picked several baskets. If you look back at the picture of our Dad you can see that he had been picking most of the day and he is not filthy. You get more dirty doing the service work on the picker than you do running the picker. Keep in mind that some water is being added thru the moister pads which keeps down the dust and you have a fan that is blowing things away from the operator.
  15. Red Power Round Up 2018

    We are only five months away from the "World's Largest Showcase of International Harvester Products" or otherwise known as Red Power Round Up 2018. Lots of fun things to see and do. We will be picking cotton each day.