So for now sit back and enjoy these 2 videos!
Priming is the term we use to describe the process of removing the leaf from the stalk. The men wear gloves and literally break the leaves with their hands. They do not use any tools.
Putting The Tobacco In The Barn
This video shows just what it takes to get the tobacco in to the barn so it can be cured and readied for market.
If I can get the 3rd video of the workers bailing the tobacco, I will be back later and update the post. I have shown photos on my blog early this spring of the workers riding on the back of the tractor when they were planting. Next year I will try my best to get a video of that just to show you how much happens in a split second atop the planter. It always amazes me that the planter can take the plant down and put it in the hole, give it water, give it fertilizer, cover it up, and pack the dirt around it to keep it standing upright... and do this over and over as fast as the tractor clips along. I would like to count and see how many plants are planted in a 60 second period.