As already mentioned, this to me also looks like a cotton crop, with also a cotton gin in the background.I too that is a shifting gang cultivator. Looks like maybe less than 1/2 inch of rain on the ground. And there have been hoe hands "blocking cotton" (or thinning), maybe cutting out 6" of hoe width of plants if too thick.
Years ago when planting gin run (as it came from the gin) seed, you didn't know what the germination was, so it was planted thick, with the intention of coming back and thinning it. You can see where the soil has been disturbed from walking and chopping hoe divits in the row. The area looks like the city of Taft area in San Patricio County, South Texas, with the black clay soil and no trees or elevations and can see from one side of the county to the other. (Texas tall tale 😁). Anyway, Taft was served by L. A. Cage with Cage Implement Company. Had about 7 or 8 outlets in the area. At that time the worlds largest IH dealer, which took delivery (according to C. H. Wendel) of Farmall No. 1 #QC-501, the first production tractor. According to Wendel 22 tractors built in 1923 were not included in the production numbers. Tractor #QC-503 (the one Case IH has today) was the first delivered to a user (quoting Wendel). I've read while #QC-501 was in transit to Taft, Texas, QC-503 was being delivered to the user in Iowa. What happened to #QC-502?
Is the one in Gary's photo a production tractor, or one of the 22 pre production tractors of 1923? I've read where many of the early Farmalls were tested and sold in Texas. There is at least one story of one being tested near Corpus Christi. All of the early Farmalls in Wendel's book have Farmall stenciled on the fuel tank. Most of the ones used in South Texas had that open style wheel so that the clay dirt would not stick to the tire. That looks like a Mexican American operator.
The hoe hands didn't like walking on plowed ground. Also the cultivator would throw dirt back to the plants after the hoes drug it away.
Anson, I'm not sure what you are referring to with the "basket type funnel"? but I see what looks like a rod coming down from the front of the cultivator, then flattened at the bottom and going back up again. I don't know what this is. Could be to hold trash down on the ground to get it covered. That must have been a heavy rig. It stated they had power lifts on experimental tractors in 1920-21. This tractor looks like it does not have apower lift . Does anyone know of anymore info on the first Farmall?
Gary thanks for the great photos and stories.
There are numbers down at the bottom of Gary's picture. I am not familiar with them. Does anyone know what they mean or to look up an explanation for the photo?