Rural living in Kentucky usually means tobacco country. These are some photographs of beautiful tobacco fields, soaking up the last of the sunlights rays for another day. This tobacco has been topped, which means the flowers have been pulled from the top of the plants in order to start the yellowing process. When the tobacco turns from green to yellow, it is ready to be cut. Tobacco is cut and speared onto tobacco sticks, which are then hung in tobacco barns for curing.
In several months, the tobacco will be cured and ready to start stripping and baling. All this has to be completed before the tobacco is ready to be sold at auction. Over the past few years, tobacco harvests in Mercer County and the rest of the Bluegrass region has been on a rapid decline. All this is because of changes in the tobacco industry.