The picker was way down on the far end of the field and my cousin was on the way to go pick up the cotton from the basket. He saw smoke coming from behind the cab and called my uncle to shut it down and get off. Shortly after, the entire machine was engulfed in flames.
Snook and Somerville Volunteer Firefighters came out to assist. God bless them too! They made a good path to the picker with the large trucks and put out what they could. They all decided to let the cotton in the basket burn itself out or it would have been a mushy mess.
As you can see in this photo to the right, the cab and the seat where my uncle sat is no longer in existence. There's nothing like the smell of rubber tires and a bunch of cotton burning!
The guys are either going to have to hire someone to get the rest of their cotton out (over 125 acres) or get help or it's going to sit. There's no salvaging this.
I gathered up my Mama and some bottles of water and headed to the field as soon as we got the word.They all just looked like they had the starch taken out of them and it was shaping up to be a nice harvest too. So heart-breaking!
So what does a Farmer's Daughter do when her Daddy's cotton picker goes up in flames? She makes him a big pot of comfort food of course - aka Chicken & Dumplings. I know he enjoyed it, but it wasn't exactly a celebratory meal. God bless the farmers! 🚜
KBTX, our local CBS station out of Bryan/College Station, didn't make it out to the field in time for good footage, but they were able to use some of our photos in the evening newscast. Not something you see everyday. Thank the Lord!