Well, let's get smokin', 'tis the season to cut tobacco and "house" it in a barn! I am sharing some additional photos today of this crop which was formerly grown by many small farmers where I live in northeastern Kentucky and is now grown only by a few. I will try to put this week's set in more or less chronological order.
|truck bed with flats holding plants now big enough to be put in the ground (see last week's post for a photo of tobacco being planted)|
|newly planted tobacco in Donnie's field, a photo whose title is "earthbound book"|
|This tobacco is overdue to be "topped" and de-suckered....sticky, hot, hard work, with bees for company|
|I don't usually see tobacco blooms this far along, and, not having to work it, I thought it lovely.|
|The yellowing means the tobacco is getting ready to be cut and housed, usually in late August or September.|
|The earthbound book field, in September, with some of the rows cut, the plants left a day or two in the field to dry out a bit before all that lifting to come|
|unloading the trailer and hanging the sticks holding the plants|
|hanging to cure (barn built in 1960?)|
The plants hang like possums for a couple of months, depending on the weather, and then the leaves are stripped off the stalks.
|a favorite photo of mine, see my post #7 -- Sandy, Junie and Dorsie stripping their last ever crop of tobacco, two years ago|