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High Cotton
Photograph by Maria Stenzel

Roy Jones, Jr., maneuvers a cotton-picking machine across a field so thick with fluffy white bolls that it looks like a vast nursery for newborn baby cumulus clouds. The 6,000-pound (2,700-kilogram) basket on the picker quickly fills to overflowing. "Fourteen hundred acres (600 hectares) we've got like this," farm owner Bobby Griggs declares gleefully. "It's the best crop I've ever seen."



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