|Early morning loads of tobacco leaves|
The bottom leaves are harvested first as you can see from this picture.
Then the workers will come back about once every ten days or so and work their way up the plants a little each time. The plants' leaves turn slightly yellow from the bottom up and those leaves are considered ripe. We estimate that it will take a total of four harvests to reach the top of the plants.
When all the leaves are harvested, the farmers will bush hog down the remaining stalks. I'm thankful for crop rotation, because I'm thinking we'll go back to having cotton or sweet potatoes next year.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. One of our plans for the weekend is to attend a baby shower for little Eli. There's not much time left before he makes his arrival! I just hope the Mom-to-be can hold off on the delivery until after the shower!