Vernon Jackson loaded his irrigation gun and unleashed it on Delta cotton as July heat settled on the fields. Jackson, farm manager, Heaton Farms, Clarksdale, Miss., along with Chuck Tuminello and Ramiro Lobo, got water pipes lined up to feed two irrigation guns and began watering on July 9. Each gun showers 120 crop rows and contains 250 feet of hose.
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Vernon Jackson, farm manager, Heaton Farms, Clarksdale, MIss., has been farming for 25 years.
Ramiro Arias, left, and Jackson line up irrigation pipes to feed the irrigation guns.
Chuck Tuminello, Heaton Farms, Clarksdale, Miss.
Tuminello inches a trailer load of irrigation pipes forward as the pipes are unloaded and connected.
Ramiro Arias, Heaton Farms, Clarksdale, Miss., motions for Tuminello to move the trailer forward.
Vernon Jackson, farm manager, Heaton Farms, Clarksdale, MIss,
Ramiro Arias, Heaton Farms, Clarksdale, Miss.
Jackson links a pipe section.
The Big Gun hose dispenser. (250 feet)
Jackson operates the only two Big Guns in Coahoma County.
Arias, left, and Tuminello repair a faulty pipe just prior to turning the guns on.
Jackson, left, and Tuminello.
Resembling an artillery piece, the irrigation system's range is 120 rows.
Water begins to rain down from the irrigation gun.