South Texas Cash (?) Crops

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Ripening Seed Heads of Milo. The head on the left has seeds which are starting to fill out and become rounded. The one on the left still has yellow flecks of pollen on it.

A field of ripening milo

Okra-Leaf Cotton

A pheromone and insecticide boll-weevil trap placed along the edge of a cotton field by the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Program. Pesticide application on cotton fields is determined by Field personnel based on the number of boll weevils found in traps.

Furrow planted okra leaf cotton (planted at the right time for soil moisture) by my Cousin Michael on our farm.

The front cotton is our furrow cotton. Beyond the dirt road is a flat-land field planted a little late.

This neighbor's field, planted with cotton, has been plowed out since it failed to sprout due to lack of moisture. At least their milo is still standing!

An un-irrigated field of corn next to our farm.

A field of cotton still holding its own. The tractor is pulling a cultivator which will not only shallow plow out weeds but also break the crust on the soil so that any rain will be absorbed.

This is the sign posted by the Boll Weevil Eradication folks next to my Dad's House. It stands before a cotton field; however, you can see in the foreground that only silver-leaf night shade grows. (This is a neighbor's field--can't get in trouble with my cousin!)

This is a "crop duster" dropping low to spray Malathion onto a cotton field. The white truck belongs to the Boll Weevil Eradication Service.

This is the same crop duster coming the other way. He flew under the power line parallel to the road prior to starting his ascent.

This is the sky to the north-east of us yesterdays as a storm line approached. A dust storm came with the gust line. Then the thunderstorm with some hail came. We received an inch of rain. This makes our total rainfall of the year 3.10 for all of 2002. This rain resulted in the surrounding cotton fields to be prayed with Malathion two days in a row.