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Former Refugio County farm worker invents harvester
by Tim Delaney
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Doug Williams received a patent for his harvest machine for cotton pickers and strippers. He said he plans to be in Refugio County in June to demonstrate the multi-purpose machine. Cotton King Harvester and its conversion kit are registered and patented trademarks. The harvester is a product of T.I.G. of Texas Inc. and is not endorsed or associated with any other manufacturer, including parts or accessories: Doug Williams 325660 08067 .
Contributed photo Doug Williams received a patent for his harvest machine for cotton pickers and strippers. He said he plans to be in Refugio County in June to demonstrate the multi-purpose machine. Cotton King Harvester and its conversion kit are registered and patented trademarks. The harvester is a product of T.I.G. of Texas Inc. and is not endorsed or associated with any other manufacturer, including parts or accessories: Doug Williams 325660 08067 .
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REFUGIO COUNTY – Dewey Bellows, who farms in Refugio County and the surrounding area, said he remembers Doug Williams as a guy who was always thinking of ways to improve farming.

“He worked quite a few years for me up until last year,” Bellows said.

“Imagine the farmers of yesteryear trying to harvest by hand the thousands and thousands of acres currently in production in Texas,” Williams said on Tuesday, April 15.

“It’s not hard to remember that since Eli Whitney’s invention of the Cotton Gin in 1793, man has continued to develop ways to increase production and productivity and hopefully in doing so reduce cost,” Williams said. “Farmers continue to struggle with all the forces of nature, winds blowing our fields into the next county, years with no rain, or rain too late. Pests and other ‘acts of nature’ seeming designed to cause us to fail.”

Williams said farmers are tough and have a lot of faith to continue year after year, always praying for that bumper crop.

“Technology continues to change as well from picking cotton in the fields with tow sacks to the modern equipment we see today,” Williams said.

Williams reiterated: “Technology that decreases cost and increases efficiency while being affordable should be the future we support and embrace for our farm families.”

Williams and his wife, now are in Winters, where they have started T.I.G. of Texas Inc., a company that has invented an upgrade to existing cotton harvesting equipment.

“I dreamed of it three years ago,” Williams said. “It can take a five- to six- man operation to a one-man operation

“The Cotton King Harvester baler attachment will make farmers’ cotton harvesting easier and more cost efficient, eliminating the need for module builders, boll buggies, tractors and reduce labor and fuel costs,” Williams said.

Williams said his invention’s demonstrations generated a lot of interest by farmers and internationally.

“The international interest of the baler attachment conversion kit is its simplicity, because farmers can use their existing cotton pickers and strippers for the conversions,” Williams said.

The idea for the product was driven by Doug William’s 50-year farming history and extensive background in cotton farming. Doug’s father Melvin R. Williams, also was an inventor of necessity, inventing the “cotton dump basket” for an IHC 21 two row stripper in 1960.

Williams is a fourth-generation cotton farmer. He uses farmers’ feedback, and he said he is committed to deliver the latest cost-effective product technology available in one convenient conversion kit, using a farmer’s existing cotton picker or stripper for installation.

The Cotton King Harvester conversion kit will soon be available for farmers to purchase.

Williams said the kit will be affordable. Some comparable equipment costs in the neighborhood of $650,000. He plans on selling his kit for around $250,000.

He said he plans on being back in Refugio County to demonstrate his harvester in June.

Cotton King Harvester and its conversion kit are registered and patented trademarks. Cotton King Harvester is a product of T.I.G. of Texas Inc. and is not endorsed or associated with any other manufacturers, including parts or accessories. Doug Williams 325660 0806.

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