16x20 oil on canvas
Wooden sticks about 4-feet in length are distributed through the field.
A metal cone-shaped "tobacco spike" is placed on top of the stick to provide a sharp point.
Then stalks of tobacco are forced over the spike, splitting the stalk.
Five stalks are placed on each stick.
The process is called "spiking" tobacco.
The tobacco is usually left in the field for three days to wilt and dry out.
Then it is loaded onto trucks and hung in a barn to cure.