Cotton of the Carolinas – Cotton Harvest 2013 View over a cotton field that is to be harvested in 3 days. The fields behind the gin were 3 days away from harvest. Our tour in the field being harvested. Unharvested cotton. Cotton bolls that the harvester missed. The harvester. The front of the harvester. The view from the cab as cotton enters the harvester. (It was a bumpy ride!) The view from the harvester. The view from the harvester. The cotton did not develop enough in low places. We had a cold, wet summer and the lower cotton plants had too much water. The harvester about to drop a bale. Bales of cotton. The cotton in a bale. In the cotton fields. Harvested rows. There is some waste, but it is not worth the gas money to run the harvester over the fields a second time. An empty cotton pod. Empty cotton pod. Cotton pods that did not open enough to harvest. Cotton farmer Ronnie Burleson answering questions. Trucks arriving at the gin with bales of cotton. A diagram of the parts of the gin. Inside Rolling Hills Cotton Gin, New London, NC. The bales of cotton entering the system. The actual gin part of the system. A waterfall of cotton is falling onto metal saws that pull away the cotton, leaving the seeds to drop down. The gin with a fast shutter speed to show cotton bolls entering the gin, and seeds falling down below. The shed where the seeds end up, to be sold for their oil or cattle feed. Hydraulic presses mash the ginned cotton into bales. Watching the cotton baler. Scraps of cotton litter the floor inside the gin. More info at http://www.cottonofthecarolinas.com/.