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:
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.