16x20 oil on canvas
The seedlings are grown from seed in a greenhouse where the styrofoam trays are floated in water.
A tobacco setter is pulled through the plowed field behind a tractor. There are seats for four men and a tank for water.
The setter has two rotating wheels with slots.
As the wheels turn, the men take turns placing a seedling in each slot.
They have to work quickly to place each seedling at just the right place so that it will be mechanically planted at the correct depth. Otherwise, the plant will not live.
As the machine plants each seedling, it gets a squirt of water with fertilizer.
Up and down the field, the setting crew works
planting two rows at a time.
If a seedling doesn't live, it has to be replaced the hard way... by hand!
The plants grow quickly. By early June, it is time to plow.
Plowing is a slow and tedious job. Pa is very picky and usually does all the plowing himself.
He adjusts the plow so it cultivates the plants at the right depth.
The crop will be fertilized, sprayed for disease, and topped to prevent suckers. By late August, it will be 5-6 feet tall and ready to be cut.