Scenic USA - North Carolina

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Pasquotank County Farm

Cotton fields on a Pasquotank County Farm -  North Carolina

Photos by Ben Prepelka

     A long list of farming terms, such as fruiting branch, preemergence, commodity risk and Roundup Ready never enter into casual conversation, although having something tasty to eat is tops on most everyone's list. But, just mention the boll weevil and any school kid will be able to give a pretty good rundown on this devilish creature.
     First discovered in 1892 crossing the Rio Grande River into the United States near Brownsville, this small six millimeter insect quickly spread throughout the Cotton Belt by the mid 1920s. Furthering contributing to the woes of the Great Depression, the boll weevil devastated the cotton industry and changed the lives of farm workers in the South forever. Cotton Boll In retrospect, the tiny insect is credited for today's southern crop diversification. Forcing farmers to stop producing cotton, growers experimented with peanuts, corn, soy beans, tobacco and rice.
     By 1978 the dreaded boll weevil was under control. Aided by a successful eradication program, full scale cotton production resumed across the South.
     While North Carolina's economy employs less than 20 percent of its population in agriculture, the moderate climate and broad coastal plains in Pasquotank County use nearly 50 percent of the land for farming. This Pasquotank County Farm is typical of the area's 185,000 acres of pastureland and field crops. Here, a sea of white signals the cotton crop is nearly ready for harvest.

   Pasquotank County, NC


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