All over the South, this time of year, you get the urgent sense - it's harvest time! Whether it's cotton, corn, beans, rice, cane, peanuts or sweet potatoes--it's time to get them out of the field. This nice weather is conducive for easy harvest. But manpower is what is really needed most.
As a boy on the farm, I remember November mornings - cold with much dew! Walking down a long row of dew-dripping cotton up to one's shoulder can be chilling. By the time we reached 'the far end' of the rows (so we could pick back toward the barn), we often would build a small fire to "warm up" so we could get started picking. With the Crider-pickers in the field, we were able to turn out a couple bales of cotton each week, weather permitting. There was also corn and dry peas to gather. Peanuts needed to be pulled up, stacked in 'shocks' to dry, before bringing to the barn.