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Cotton Modules

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Calhoun County, where I live, has a strong agricultural base. In the Fort Motte area, bordering the Congaree River, farmers know how to manage their clay containing soils to produce outstanding crops. Right now, these growers are waiting for the rains to stop and for sunny days to return so they can finish picking this year’s cotton crop. The unpicked fields are beautiful with white fluffy bolls tightly held on the leafless plants. Scattered across the acreage are yellow, round modules that contain the cotton that has already been picked. If you haven’t seen this new system of storing cotton until it travels to the gin, you should look up images for round cotton modules. What a change from the days before the 1970’a when modules were first introduced, and cotton had to be emptied into wagons and taken to the gins as it was picked.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.