14 Glorious Photos Of Maryland’s Traditional Fall Tobacco Harvest

The Lewis Farm in Owings, Maryland, begins its tobacco harvest season.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

A tobacco leaf lies on the soil after plants are harvested on the farm in September. Tobacco has been grown on the Lewis Farm for more than 60 years and still requires being harvested by hand. Starting next month, the remaining tobacco growers in the U.S. will be forced to compete in the open market and will stop getting buyout checks from cigarette makers to compensate them for surrendering their quotas.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Farmworker Tracy Creek cuts off tobacco leaves so they can be hung and dried at the Lewis Farm. Most farms in Maryland have stopped growing tobacco due to the state’s buyout program.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Homemade axes are used to cut tobacco on the farm.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Farmworker James Brown cuts off tobacco leaves so they can be hung and dried in a barn.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Creek spears tobacco leaves onto a stick.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Farmworkers take a break from cutting tobacco leaves.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Farmworker Hank Jefferson loads tobacco leaves onto a trailer before being hung to dry.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

More farmworkers load tobacco leaves onto a trailer.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Farmer S.L. Brady drives a tractor pulling a trailer full of tobacco leaves.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Farmworker Gladys Lake leans againt a stack of tobacco leaves as they are driven to a barn.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Tobacco leaves that have been loaded onto a trailer.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Farmworkers ride on a trailer after loading it with harvested tobacco leaves.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Lake unloading a trailer full of tobacco leaves.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Lake about to hang the tobacco leaves up to dry.

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

 
  Your Reaction?
  REACT WITH GIF
 

    Starting soon, you'll only be able to post a comment on BuzzFeed using a Facebook account or via our app. If you have questions or thoughts, email us here.

    Contributions

    Hot Buzz

    The Government Still Won’t Release A Secret Report Into Teen’s Work For The...

    As SA Struggles To Organise Medicinal Cannabis, Compassionate Suppliers Feel The Burden

    Now Buzzing