Go to the "General Farming Board", then to "Farm Websites", then go to near the bottom of the threads and check out the King Ranch for the answer to the 'W' formation.
(Please keep adding to the websites as it makes for interesting reading).
Those pickers belong to Berger harvesting out of Blythe, California. They are the primary harvester on the King Ranch (King Ranch brand is the "flying W" seen int he picture). They also own a few 9660STS and harvest wheat in So. California.
I always thought that the King Ranch owned those 44 cotton harvesters in that 'W' formation. That must have been a major convoy of machinery on the road from Blythe, California, or possibly they railroaded all those harvesters to Texas.
Here is another paragraph from that 1991 Top Producer December magazine.
"With bulldozers and root ploughs, contractors cleared thousands of acres of the table top-flat rich farmland. Grass and mesquite trees quickly gave way to cotton and sorghum. When the dust had settled, the largest tract of new farmland measured 17 miles long and 6.5 miles wide. Future expansion will nearly double that width".
Keep in mind that this magazine article was written in Dec/1991. So cropped acreage most likely has expanded even more.
yes. this was on king ranch and the 4 th picker from the left had my instructor in it he tought school in ark. state. the school john deere ag tech program had a big 6ft by 4 ft pic on wall were he was teaching.
Huh, think the King Ranch grows a lot of cotton?
Try the nation's largest cotton grower in California at approximately 100 thousand acres.
Boswells of Corcoran must be seen to comprehend, from their own airfield, to a fleet of cropdusters, 70 odd JD cotton harvesters and a whack of Cat Challengers is one ompressive sight to behold.