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July 05, 2016


Jan Okey

Interesting. Very sad. Why didn't they plant alternate crops? Contour farming to reduce run-off, conservation ponds . I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin in the 40's. The
country agents worked overtime to teach farmers new beneficial farming methods. Everything changed drastically in a short time. Farmers all on board.
Hindsight is 20-20.

Dac Crossley Jr.

Thanks, Chris. You should come back to the Wednesday writers. It’s going like a house afire.

Don’t have a new bed but got some thin pillows and they’re working for me. I’ll look for Barnwood Builders. I know about those middle-of-the-night periods.


Chris Antenen

Great reading as I sit in my AC house. I do have a new bed that adapts to my physiological idiosyncrasies. Wow! Two big words and I have no idea if I spelled them correctly.
I'm on here to tell you about a TV program I discovered in the middle of the night. It's called Barnwood Builders. You'll have to find it yourself, but I know you'll like it. No politics!

Maggie King

Like Marja, I enjoyed the post and the comments. Very educational and provokes thought of the damage we've wreaked on the environment over the years.

Marja McGraw

Not only did I enjoy reading your post, Dac, but I enjoyed the comments your readers left. I can always find something interesting here.

J. R. Lindermuth

Interesting information, Dac. I guess every area has its scars from agriculture/industry--vital to the growth of the country but ecologically damaging. I know my area of Pennsylvania's anthracite coal region is still trying to rise from the decline of mining and the scars on the land still exist.

Dale Hoyt

The fall I moved to Athens, in 1978, I saw, for the first time in my life, a cotton field. That was the last year cotton was grown in Clarke Co. Or, at least, the last year I ever saw any. I'm going to link to your post in my blog this week -- it should be required reading for anyone who lives down here.

Sunny Frazier

Cotton was once a major crop in my part of California (San Joaquin Valley) but it takes too much water. Now we grow pistachios and pomegranats which florish in the dry heat. And raisins. We've always done raisins.

Shirley J White

I remember cotton!
After working in the hot sun to help pick the cotton, I got to ride to the gin on the mule drawn wagon piled high with cotton, burrs and all.

Lesley A. Diehl

A fascinating account of the cotton legacy. Your cabin looks so beautiful. It's surprising to hear of the history of it. By the time I went to school in Georgia in the late 1960's, there were few cotton fields remaining, and when we Yankees saw one, we were amazed and delighted. not knowing that cotton would never become a major crop again. Your blog makes it clear why not and why it shouldn't.


enjoyed reading your brief history of Cotton is King. As a twice replace northern midwestern (Detroit, Michigan to Boynton Beach, Florida to Athens, Georgia) I have heard and read about the death of Cotton.

Also I have read about the forestry theory called SUCCESSION where empty fields change with grasses, bushes, trees (pines) and eventually a mixture of Deciduous trees.

My little 1/2 acre is till mostly pines with a few scattered Tulip Populars I planted 30 years ago and pin oaks.

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