Franklin County.  September 7, 2001.  7:30 p.m. EDT.

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     Dropping tobacco sticks in the rows before cutting.  This was shot in the evening, so they probably were throwing the sticks down for the next day. The burley tobacco plants will be cut, "speared" through the stalks--five or six plants per stick--then hung up in the barn to cure.  The odd-looking tractor in the photo is called a hi-boy, designed to drive up and down the rows without damaging the plants.
     This tobacco field was just off US 127, north of Frankfort. 
Posted September 8, 2001.