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11 hours ago, Delta Dirt said:

Following up on pickers and strippers:

Pickers use "barbed" spindles to more gently remove the cotton from the open boll--------similar to a man using his fingers to pull the cotton from the open boll.  The boll will be dry and open to a point to where the cotton is easily pulled from the locks of the dried boll.   (Ripe)

As Fred mentioned varieties and weather patterns-------here in the Mississippi Delta area we grow a taller/more bushy stalk on which the bolls typically don't open ("ripen") all at the same time.  A picker can be set to pick over a greener stalk without harming or losing the unopened green bolls.  Then come back and make a 2nd picking when the remainder is open (ripe).

Strippers use smooth spindles or a brush to literally strip the cotton, dried bolls (burrs), leaves, etc from the stalk.  This process works best in the dry land areas out West.  Cotton is sold by grade like most all crops-----so the different machines is all about maximizing profit through yield and grade.

Varieties are constantly being developed for the different areas and harvest processes.

In general terms-------I think of a stripper  being a simpler design; less cost (to purchase or operate) machine than the picker.

Long winded here------- but about as brief as I can describe.  Glad to see ya'll enjoying Fred B's thread.

 

DD

That's very interesting that a picker can leave unripe bolls on a plant and you can come back and get it later on

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This is 2019 cotton crop.  Looks really good.  Just thought I'd show a photo of it.  The blooms are showing at the tops of the plants.  This is referred to as 'blooming out the top' meaning the blooms

Picking uses a guitar. Stripping uses a pole. Sorry, I couldn't resist.  

That is a very cool trailer.  Thanks for putting those pictures up.

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My son took on a new farm  so he decided to buy a later model planter.  His old planter did not have corn planting ability and we have some ground that yellows out sorghum so he decided he might plant corn.  Anyway, they delivered his new-to-him planter yesterday.  Of course it's a John Deere.  There are almost no International planters sold in our area.  Almost everything here is John Deere.  Anyway, thought it was interesting.  They delivered it with a machine made specifically to deliver large 3pt hitch equipment.  Here's some shots I took of it while they delivered it.  I can see it has plenty of hydraulic functions.  ?  This planter didn't cost nearly as much as our BTO neighbor ( he doesn't realize it, but he works for JD)  who just traded off two older 24 row on 3 new 24 row.  We understand they were a little more than $400,000 each.  I'm not in favor of my son's new planter.  The last planter we used when he and I farmed together, I had put a 6row IH No. 87 black land planter in the middle of a 40' Orthman bar and then I cut another 6row 87 in half and put half on each folding wing for 12 - 38inch rows.  There was nothing really wrong with that planter except it didn't cost enough money.  ? I can see this new jd planter also has an Orthman 40' bar, but it is stack fold, my old ih 87 planter, i had to remove the outer 6 seed hoppers to fold it, or the lids would come off.

 

 

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Thought I would put up a couple of photos of what this stak fold planter looks like on the tractor. I believe  CASE IH makes one similar.

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I too was kind of liking their trailer that they delivered that thing with.  I was wondering about all the pins and other monkey motion on the implement hitch area of that carrier so I looked it up.  The name is Retriever and now I can see apparently it is made to retrieve combine heads etc.  Here is a photo.  

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I have no affiliation with this machine or company.  I have never seen one before, I just thought it's  nice looking rig, thought it may be of interest to others.  

 

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2 hours ago, Fred B said:

Thought I would put up a couple of photos of what this stak fold planter looks like on the tractor. I believe  CASE IH makes one similar.

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I too was kind of liking their trailer that they delivered that thing with.  I was wondering about all the pins and other monkey motion on the implement hitch area of that carrier so I looked it up.  The name is Retriever and now I can see apparently it is made to retrieve combine heads etc.  Here is a photo.  

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I have no affiliation with this machine or company.  I have never seen one before, I just thought it's  nice looking rig, thought it may be of interest to others.  

 

The IH dealer I worked at in the late 70s had a similar trailer. Single axle and a hydraulic jack type lift system that was maxed out on a 6 row cultivator.  Brian

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In the 70's we had a neighbor, that also had one, it was called a Turn-a-port, yes single axle,

It had a 12 volt ele - hyd motor to lift, but you had to walk it around length wise with the trailer. If I remember correctly, they got it from a dealer quitting business.

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The freeze is over, March 3, 2021, planting sorghum.  Near Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

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Rowing young sorghum.  March 10, 2021.  

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Very dry!  Barely enough moisture to germinate.  

 

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