Making Round Bales of Cotton (2023)


Picking cotton with a John Deere 7760.

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High, five hey: we are still working on the peanut pickers, getting them cleaned up I'm about to go to a good buddy of ours uh.

That's, a, farmer, picking, cotton, with a 7760 round roller picker.

So we've got the 99.6, which is a basket picker so you've, got to pick your cot and then we dump it in a bowl buggy.

Then the bowl buggy takes it to a module builder.

Then you make the module the square bricks of cotton.

So this cotton picker super simple.

It makes pretty much a hay bale of cotton.

Uh! Never stops you cut out your bull buggy! You cut out your module builder.

So let's go ahead.

That way, all right just got here to the cotton field, and this is a dry landfill and it's not picking the best.

I talked with sam and he said that the uh, although it looks like there's a lot of cotton left, uh what has happened, is uh must've, got a lot of heavy rains.

Washed the seed out out from the row, so that's.

Why there's just cotton kind of strode? Everywhere so, instead of the square modules like we make, this picker makes a round module just like around bella hay.

So this is it probably about seven foot tall pack, good and tight.

It's got your wrap, then you got to worry about getting wet the cotton module.

Trucks come and pick this up.

Just like they do the square bills.

I think they can fit three, so I don't think I can move it.

She's, pretty solid, pretty solid, all right, we're walking up to the picker.

Now I'm gonna do some rounds with sam here.

Let you guys meet him and uh.

Hopefully, he'll talk him in to.

Let me drive this thing massive.

We are in the cab of a 77-60 here with sam mcdaniel uh sam.

Do you like running this uh big cocktail? Yes, sir, I do it's a lot better than that? Oh yeah, so this one, you know, as we talked a little bit earlier uh this is a one-man show.

So sam you started here about what 11 o'clock he said.

Does it tell you how many acres you've done so far? No one does not.

No, it doesn't have an anchor counter, but it's quite a bit different from the cab of our 99-96 uh.

You got that instrument cluster.

There is a little bit different.

That's all different! That's a lot of buttons! Yes, you know what all those buttons do.

No, no just take a guess and just start hitting them pretty much, but yeah from the forward or the front of the picker is pretty much the same and, of course, toward the back uh.

It's all different! So maybe I'll talk sam and let me run in this thing here in a little bit, which we don't have too much more time.

Actually we'll knock this out.

No time no time at all got another place about a mile down the road you're welcome to come with me.

If you got time all right, you just said that now it's started taking it from the accumulator to the bellar, so if you would explain kind of process and how all that works, so the cotton runs over the shoes into very similar, like y'all running running into the basket right, but instead of ours it runs into the accumulator.

So it sits there in the accumulator once the accumulator gets full it'll feed it back to the baler, and then it starts wrapping up the cotton into a big fail.

So the cotton picker never quits, picking, cotton, it never quits! It's not like a hay baler where you got to stop all right.

It just goes into the accumulator and keep right on rather so that's the main benefit of this cockpit is the the saving of time and the efficiency of of running it.

You put one man, you can sam out here and uh that that's all you need you're picking, cotton all day, long versus the conventional basket.

Picker, where you've got a module builder.

You've got a bull buggy guy.

You know it takes three guys to run the show with this one guy and it's that's pretty much it.

So it's wrapping the bella cotton down so now, when we just get to the end, you'll press, the eject button and it'll, kick it to the right.

What's all this right here, showing all this right here? Yeah? Well, I guess now it's just showing you, though just the project process is ready.

You call them elf guard, yet you just go in there and click that one that'll show all your uh rollers that are kicking the cotton out of the accumulator, helping it feed onto the feeder belt.

That's your feeder belt! Rpm, your head, rpm! Don't let me lie to you, tell you what that is, make something up: cool yeah! That's the uh laser beams! Yeah! That's how many bales the cotton figure has ever kicked out.

Oh okay, oh wow, so four thousand seven hundred sixty nine barrels of cotton is kicked out.

Yep there it is the small one.

It's even got a sticker, for it go put it in transport mode things like a transformer, that's it that took some engineering there all right! Well me and sam was going to head to another field and fix some more cotton.

The machine is massive, so much bigger than a 99-96.

So long put my drone up disappointed.

I was gonna, try to get a drone shot and my drone quit working on me, but hopefully we'll try it again and get a drone shot of the spitting out module or not a module.

Spitting out a round bell.

You can tell I'm used to running a module.

Picker we're at the other cotton field, looks a little bit better and now you're going to make it big again, make it big again: yeah you're, right yeah, oh ups, man, how can you get a change of 96.9 the legends I kind of love picking in rows? It's always the worst part.

I hate it give her the juice flip it in auto mode, set your heads down and take off there.

She goes and we're picking in rows and everybody that picks cotton or picks peanuts.

Especially cotton, though knows the worst part is when you first get to a field.

You got to pick intros because that's usually your cot's, not the best you've always got sticks or trees.

In your way, you've got to pick up, go around or get out move out of your way.

Then, after you get your inroads out of the way, it's usually pretty smooth selling after that, okay, well, sam has decided, he's gonna.

Let me try a sticker, so just these two right, then we're good to go all the way up.

Click your auto button on which is where right there were your thumbs up right here this one right there, okay, click that look it up there.

You go good good, we're good to go on millennial mode now, millennium.

So what's auto dude, that's for the bailer and everything yeah! I got you whenever the accumulator gets full it'll feed it back there by itself, so you don't have to do it yeah.

This thing is lock that right down so sam, have you seen anybody pick cotton better than I have just then? No, we can't show that footage to dustin.

You might get hurt foreign all right, sam! Well, I sure do appreciate it.

That was a blast first time driving the old 7760 and uh yeah.

I appreciate it bud yes, sir really good time and uh.

If you haven't done already, please, like the video subscribe to the channel and keep it in the field, rose, we'll see you guys bye.



How many bales of cotton are in a round bale of cotton? ›

One round bale holds 3.8 bales of cotton lint in a single bale.

How much does 1 bale of cotton make? ›

∎ One bale of cotton can make 215 pairs of jeans; 249 bed sheets; 313,600 $100 bills; 690 bath towels; or 1,217 T-shirts.

How many pounds of cotton does it take to make a bale? ›

To provide a direct answer to a direct question, a bale by law weighs 480 lbs. For people using the metric system, that's 218 kilograms. The 480 figure is nominal, in reality, bales of cotton average a weight of 495 pounds, or 225 kilograms.

How many bales of cotton are in a John Deere round bale? ›

Each round bale weighs 2.8 tonnes and is capable of producing four standard cotton bales.

How much raw cotton does it take to make a bale of cotton? ›

Although different cotton-growing countries have their bale standards, for example, In the United States, cotton is usually measured at approximately 0.48 cubic meters (17 cu ft) and weighs 226.8 kilograms (500 pounds). In India, the standard bale size is 170 kg.

How much do farmers get for a roll of cotton? ›

The average price received by farmers for Upland cotton in July was 91.30 cents per pound in the 2021-2022 marketing year. The 2020-2021 marketing year average price was 66.30 cents, compared to the 2019-2020 marketing year of 59.60 cents, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Do cotton farmers make a lot of money? ›

The salaries of Cotton Farmers in the US range from $33,110 to $113,140 , with a median salary of $64,170 . The middle 60% of Cotton Farmers makes $64,170, with the top 80% making $113,140.

What 3 states produce the most cotton? ›

Cotton is planted from March to June and harvested from August to December. Among the U.S. States, Texas is the largest producer, contributing approximately 40 percent of U.S. cotton production in recent years. Other top cotton producers include Georgia, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

Is cotton a profitable crop? ›

Cotton farming can generate a range of profits for the average farmer. Risks associated with cotton farming include environmental, economic, and labor. Purchase quality inputs and monitor global cotton commodity prices.

How much does raw cotton sell for? ›

The current price of cotton as of July 12, 2023 is $0.8200 per pound.

How many bales of cotton come from a large round bale? ›

Each round bale that is produced measures 94 inches in diameter and weighs an average of 2.8 tons. A single round bale can produce about four standard bales.

How big are round bales of cotton? ›

Gin Universal Density Bale*
Gin Universal Density Bale*
Approximate ValuesUnits
Length54-55 inches1.37-1.40 m
Width20-21 inches0.51-.53 m
Average Bulge Thickness33 inches (or less)0.84 m (or less)
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Why are round bales cheaper? ›

Agricultural equipment dedicated to round bales (harvesting, handling, feeding) is more widespread. As a result, it is easier and cheaper to obtain them (new or second-hand).

What is the average yield per acre of cotton? ›

Cotton yields will likely average between 1,300 to 1,400 pounds per acre, Carmack said.

How many bales is a round bale? ›

Round bales have the same amount of hay as about twenty square bales. They are designed to be moved using tractors. Instead of having to move twenty square bales out of the field, into the barn, then back out to the cattle during the winter, one large bale is moved with a tractor.

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