Letters to the Editor

Ever wonder what happened to small cotton farms?

Have you ever wondered what happened to all the mules that once trod those cotton fields in Mississippi? During the 1950s those work animals were the pride of every farmer, especially small cotton farmers. And if anyone in Mississippi had 5 acres of land he was duty-bound by tradition to grow cotton. That’s why so many small cotton fields used to line our highways. But, global warming destroyed that tradition.

As a 14-year-old in 1955 I was the oldest boy in my family. Having a disabled stepfather it was my duty to uphold that tradition; 4 acres of cotton and 5 acres of corn. When our government cotton allocation was reduced, our corn field was enlarged. Occasionally, we made just enough money from the cotton to pay for cotton seed and fertilizer for the next year. But, how did global warming destroy that prosperity?

During the months of July and August we worked our plow animals from 6 to 10 a.m., then would rest them in a shady area until 5 p.m.; when we would then plow again in the cooler part of the day. When the animals worked too long in the hot sun, many died of heat stroke. So, that’s what happened to all our plow animals. Now, if any of those animals work in any part of the day, they die of heat stroke. Global warming happened, and now there are no more small cotton farms.

Darn that global warming!

Will Clark

Diamondhead

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