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Master Bug-Buster On A 40-Year Roll

gus lorenz

I was raised on a farm in Arkansas, but we didn’t grow cotton. When I went to college, somebody said I should take an entomology class. I didn’t know what that was, but I enjoyed it and decided to take another one. That was my sophomore year at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The guy teaching the class came ... Read More »

Motorola Radios, Windowsill Cotton

patrick turnage

When I was a young boy, I went everywhere with my grandfather and daddy, constantly bugging them to let me drive everything. I wanted so badly to be a farmer. One day we were walking through the John Deere dealership. I was following my grandfather like a dog on a leash, asking one farming question after another. Papaw, why do ... Read More »

A Cotton-Pickin’ Exciting Time

francis & sally hulshof

Like many kids growing up in the Missouri Bootheel, cotton was the center of our lives. It drew the whole community together. From everyday lunches at the local grocery store to “cotton tales” so memorable they have lived on through the years. Francis Hulshof: In 1942, I was in the eighth grade. Cotton was picked by hand and hauled to ... Read More »

Pray For Rain

Dan Fromme, Louisiana

During the late 1950s through the early ’70s, I was blessed to grow up in the Coastal Bend region of Texas in a farming community called West Sinton, which was composed of a church, a grocery store and a cotton gin. The nearest towns were anywhere from 10-14 miles away. It was country life at its finest. Some of my ... Read More »

Loyal to Cotton – Not Polyester

davis short

Like many, I am the product of a cotton farmer — a very successful cotton farmer. Successful, not wealthy. A dirt farmer, not a planter. Our father, the son of a sharecropper. He told me at an early age, “Whatever you do, don’t farm.” Upon our dad’s passing during my junior year of high school, I heeded his advice. My ... Read More »

My Turn

carroll smith

We at Cotton Farming would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the My Turn column through the years. Many of our readers have told us this is their favorite page in the magazine. As we embark on a new year, we pause to reflect on last year’s submissions and invite more members of our “cotton family” to tell ... Read More »

Angels From Cotton Fields

I am from Golden Meadow in South Louisiana — the land of swamps, moss, shrimp and crawfish. Outside of seafood, sugarcane was the main plantation-harvested food. The first time my family and I traveled through an area with cotton fields, I asked, “Is this snow?” As a young girl, I began sewing with my grandmother and won many 4-H competitions. ... Read More »