The cotton-picking landscape has changed constantly, as new technology and innovative adjustments have been made to the farm equipment that provides their operators with an efficient way of gathering crops.
According to the Paragould Daily Press, the machines are getting larger and more efficient each year, as John Deere cotton pickers have implemented the latest technology to keep up with the growing size of harvests.
A local dealer in Paragould, Arkansas, took a group of interested journalists and residents for a tour around his store and out into the field on used farm equipment to try and demonstrate how the technology has changed.
"Productivity is what they were looking for in developing this machine," Ron Bellomy, owner of Legacy Equipment, told the Daily Press. "The most important part of the whole deal is that not once have we stopped our production. The machine is still picking, and we are still going forward."
Early models of cotton pickers were touted as the savior of the agricultural industry, as this farm equipment was identified in a 1931 article in Popular Science as a machine that does the "work of a gang."