Tobacco road

Having been a city guy most of my adult life (Chicago, Montreal, Toronto), I find it constantly interesting to be exposed to rural/agricultural life here in the Greater Daglan Area.

Most interesting of all are the amazing machines that have been designed and built to perform very farm-specific tasks. Among many others, there are machines that pick crops, tractors that shake walnut trees to get the walnuts to fall to the ground, and machines that then move along below the trees to pick up the fallen walnuts. Of course there are lots more, some of which are absolutely huge.

Another step in my learning has been discovering what happens to tobacco after it’s reached maturity and is harvested. So, simply to show you that next step, here’s a photo I took this afternoon at a farm about five kilometres from our village:

Hanging around in the sunshine.

I guess because the weather has been dry, there’s been no need to rush the leaves into tobacco-drying sheds. I can’t say I approve of the end product — I haven’t smoked in well more than 30 years — but the tobacco must give some sort of boost to the farmer’s revenues. And it does look kind of neat.

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4 Responses to Tobacco road

  1. Ed McGaugh says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I love watching farm equipment at work. In fact, I even go so far as watching video clips on YouTube to get my mind off my office work. Just search “farm machines” and you will see what I mean.

    • Loren Chudy says:

      What’s especially interesting around here is watching how some of the huge pieces of machinery take to the road, to move from one field to another. Often they need to be accompanied by a car or truck, with flashing lights, to let oncoming traffic know that there’s a very wide vehicle coming at them! Sometimes I find myself holding my breath as one of the giants rumbles past my car.

  2. I saw some of those while in your neck of the woods just over a week ago and thought, “what an odd way to dry hay”. 🤭

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