Friday, August 28, 2009

It's that time of year again

Here in Smalltownland it is time for the tobacco to be cut and and brought in from the field. Although tobacco is not quite the cash crop that it once was, many farmers in our area still depend on it for income.




This is what healthy tobacco plants look like right before they are ready to be cut.





Once they are cut, they are placed on a tobacco stick. The will eventually be placed on a wagon and transported to a tobacco barn. There the leaves will hang and dry in the well ventilated barn.





This week many fields have been looking like this.






Some tobacco has already made it into barns this week. Tobacco leaves have been scattered here and there on the roads. A few tobacco barns are already loaded with their doors open wide letting those leaves dry as much as possible.

5 comments:

  1. I can't remember where I heard or read this but it was along the lines of this thought. Tobacco may not cause cancer, it may be all the chemicals sprayed on it. My husband remembers when the farmers grew their own and dried it and rolled it. Every body smoked and didn't get sick. Just a thought. It sure is a pretty plant.

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  2. Karen - I have heard that line of thought as well. It is a pretty plant, but it is very labor intensive to grow.

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  3. What I remember most (other than the waves of absenteeism that happened in school when they were setting, cutting, and stripping) is driving past the fields when the tobacco was blooming. I never imagined that it would become a rare sight in my lifetime.

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  4. When we lived in KY, in a very tobacco-dependent little corner of the state, I learned a LOT about tobacco. One of the older men pulled me aside to explain some stuff. Like the fact that the field workers wore steel toed leather boots - and had to replace them about every 3 or 4 weeks because the chemicals ate through them. And like the fact that they grow their own personal plots of baccy - minus the chemicals - if they really understood what a horrible thing the commercially done stuff was doing to bodies. It was enlightening - especially since it coincided exactly with the death of my father - after a lifetime of smoking caused him to develop Emphysema, COPD, CHF.

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  5. The light green of the tobacco is pretty against the darker green. Love those pictures.
    Further south from us they grow tobacco. We usually see the fields on the way to the beach.

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