Science: Cotton Milestone

When the Rust brothers produced their first picking machine, in 1935, a revolution in cotton farming was forecast. But mechanical cotton culture ran into many snags, has proved much more evolutionary than revolutionary. Last week the movement passed a milestone. Near Clarksdale, Miss., where John Rust began a tryout of an improved picker, a pioneering plantation harvested the first commercial cotton crop ever produced, from planting to baling, entirely by machine.

Hopson's Picking. The scene was a 28-acre field on the 4,000-acre plantation of the Hopson Planting Co. International Harvester Co. mechanical pickers,...

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