Here's a look at the harvesting of cotton. Farming changes from year to year--they used to gather the cotton into semi-size loads, turn them upside down on the ground, cover them with a tarp, and haul to market. Now they bale them like hay. They're pretty big bales; I'm guessing they're 6- to 8-feet in diameter (maybe bigger). When I stopped to take pictures, a neighbor of the field (an older gentleman) told me that this was the prettiest cotton he's seen in a while, that they got 30 bales. I hope the farmer was as happy as the neighbor.