198 Days -  From Start to Finish

Wednesday, 17th April 2013 // A Cotton Season, Cotton Plants

All season we have watched the progress of the same patch of cotton. Today we picked it (finally)!

I'm putting together a timelapse slideshow of the season which I'll share as soon as it's done, but in the meantime let's have a glance back over the season...

198 days ago, on the 1st of October 2012, we pre-irrigated field 14 readying it for planting.

Only a few weeks later there were tiny little cotyledons popping up everywhwere.

By December the plants were vibrant and happy and being irrigated.

Then in March there were finally enough bolls open that we could see fluff from a distance. 

And today it all came down to this round-bale. One among the hundreds that are scattering the farm at the moment. 

I feel like a proud mother standing out in the field seeing how all the hardwork of our entire team has produced something tangible and wonderful. 

It's been a tough season with cold snaps and extreme heat really affecting our yields (the amount of cotton produced per hectare). But we did the best we could with the hand we were dealt and it's still a good feeling to see what all the hardwork can manifest in.