Cotton. It’s as much a part of Southern farm culture as Spanish moss on live oaks, azaleas in April and sliced watermelon on a hot summer evening. Snow-white fields ready for harvest hold promise of a good return for hard work and perseverance. And from the time the first seedling pushes through the soil, to first bloom, to boll fill and finally to the massive pickers marching through fields leaving brown swaths in the white landscape, a cotton crop is a work of art. And Farm Press would like to recognize the beauty of cotton and the people who grow it. Send us your best cotton photos: kids in cotton fields, blooms, sunsets, pickers and strippers, anything that captures the uniqueness of cotton to [email protected] by Nov. 1, 2011. Farm Press readers will pick their favorites between Nov. 2 – 9, 2011, and we’ll award the best photo with a $100 Visa gift card. Second place earns a $50 Visa gift card. And we’ll all enjoy being reminded of what a picturesque crop cotton can be.