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These are a few picture of irrigated cotton grown in Breeza, NSW Australia.

Caterpillar Challenger 35 w/Monosem TwinRow Planting Cotton (Block 3) 6/10/05


Young TwinRow Cotton (Block 1) 24/12/05


Irrigated Cotton (Block 6) 26/1/04


Putting Fertiliser Down (Block 6) 30/1/04


Putting Fertiliser Down (Block 4) 21/2/05


Young Cotton (Block 4) 1/2/04


Fully Grown Cotton (Block 6) 19/2/04


Defoliating Cotton (Block 6) 15/4/04


Defoliated Cotton (Block 6) Ready Cotton (Block 5) 15/4/04


Cotton Picking w/John Deere 9976 (Block 5) 20/4/04


Cotton Picking w/John Deere 9976 (Block 2) 8/5/05


Unloading John Deere 9976 at Module Builder 7/4/06


Built Module 7/4/06


Unloading John Deere 9976 into Boll Buggy w/Ford Genesis 8970 (Block 4) 7/4/06


Unloading Boll Buggy at Module Builder 7/4/06


Unloading John Deere 9976 into Boll Buggy w/Ford Genesis 8970 (Block 1) 19/4/06


John Deere 9976 (Block 1) 19/4/06


Modules of Block 1 & 2 19/4/06


From Cab of John Deere 9976 19/4/06


Line Of Modules (Block 4) 31/5/04


Lifting Module (Block 4) 31/5/04


Lifting Module (Block 4) 31/5/04


Unloading Module (Block 4) 31/5/04


Unloading Module (Block 4) 31/5/04


Unloading Module (Block 4) 31/5/04


Ford Genesis 8970 w/Buffalo 8mtr Mulcher (Block 4) 15/5/05


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Indeed we do have module trucks in Australia but one day we tried them out left to much cotton behind so we only use these friends of ours to lift ours up. There are road trains module trucks where they are able to travel on NSW roads.

Good old Andrew Pursehouse really good friends with the family - how do you know him.

What size are your modules in the US? They seem smaller to what we build - 36ft or more predomantly the 40ft.

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Wow all I have to say is amazing pics!!!! Here in Washington st. we don't have any cotton anywhere and how you guys plant and harvest cotton has always sort of been a mystery to me. It seems llike your harvest is a bit more complicated than our wheat harvests. Being that you have to make those module things and then transport them around. I have seen a different type of cotton harvester...one that makes the cotton into bales from JD. Wouldnt that be easier to do than make them into modules and what is the difference between the two machines? Once again awsome pics and keep em coming if you have anymore please.
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Smokes, we would have to be the smallest farm in our valley producing on 400-500 acres of cotton when we used to grow it (price for cotton is ****). From 1998-2006 we averaged 5.5 bales/acre. One year averaging 6 bales/acre on one pre-plant irrigation and with 2 irrigation during janurary and no rainfall. I remember one paddock/field the JD 9976 struggling to get 3.5mph crop yeilding 6.5 bales/acre basket full on just 900 metres it was amazing.

Just looked up on JD website grabed a base unit price on 9996 and 7760. 6row 9996 $US 432,970($AUS 470,466) compared to 6row 7760 round module $US 592,548($AUS 643,863) so the price will be a large factor. The round module machine will be good for the large custom harvestor where the normal basket machine will be good for the everyday farmer who wants a machine so he's not waiting for a contractor to harvest and so practicality will be a major factor.

In Australia we have module builders with self contained engines that run them and also automated trampers to press the module (one man job) one tractor needed to moved 2 or 3 module builders. If we were still contracting we would convert our 2 builder with engines have one tractor to pull them, then when going to next farm have a decent service/water truck that could pull a builder then drive back and get the other one by the time the picker and boll buggy drive to the next farm.

I have all my farm photos online at http://s201.photobucket.com/albums/aa104/Camel007/ so check them out best viewed by album and view all at once. I update my account every 3 months.

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Oh man! I saved all those pictures, they OWNED!

I thought the operation that happens around theodore was big, but this here blows that away!

Beautiful pics Camel, Now I know what you grow!
 

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Yeah we didn't mind growing the TwinRow cotton all we did was convert our old NG series Monosem to our current NG+3 Monosem and on the John Deere 9976 we opened up the crop lifters to grab the fallen bolls.

The 05/06 season was the last year since we have grown cotton and we did plant all TwinRow. Overall we were happy with the yeilds, lost 1/2 bale due irrigation was late. But the crop was smaller, less vegeative crop, crop closed earlier so late weed problems didnt exist, overall crop matured 2weeks earlier than normal. One block took 2 defoliations due to poor coverage by aircraft other 2 blocks were sprayed via boom spray and only needed one application of defoliation.

I think if we do grow cotton ever again and once the price picks up dramatically we wont option the TwinRow only due to the small advantage.

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We run Module Trucks over here but we have to deal with the DOT. I have two and we have to get Permits for over length and over weight. I have a unit that is trailer mounted but we can only use it on county roads. The state will not let us tag it.
 

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Does the twin-row cotton yield as well as the the regular solid cotton? Do you save 1/3 of some of your inputs such as seed, growth regulators, defoliant, etc.?
 
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