Steppin’ In High Cotton
October 17, 2018
Southern Torch (3842 articles)

Steppin’ In High Cotton

By Zach Hester, Reporter • (Submitted Photos)

RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Chances are you have seen a picture in the cotton fields on your Facebook feed. You have the Love family to thank for that.

The Love family consists of three generations of farmers, who have grown everything from wheat and soybeans to corn and cotton. Family patriarch John Love started growing cotton in the late 60s and early 70s, took a short break to focus on other ventures, and came back in the late 80s for a few years. Since 2016’s drought, he decided that cotton would be the best crop for him and his family.

“Cotton would make in drier weather,” said John’s son Michael Love. Michael is joined in farm work by his own sons, Mark and seventeen-year-old Clay.

The Loves purchased equipment and brought back the white fields to DeKalb County, including the giant modules that adorn Highway 35 in-between Fort Payne and Rainsville and other parts of the county.

Each of those giant modules contain anywhere from 12 to 18 bales. After the cotton arrives at the Cherokee Gin in Centre, it is ginned and gathered into 500-lb bales.

The cotton is being baled, ginned and taken away so if you want your picture taken in one of DeKalb County’s many white fields this fall, the opportunity is now.

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