Yesterday's Tractor Co.
Shop Now View Cart
   Allis Chalmers Case Farmall IH Ford 9N,2N,8N Ford
   Ferguson John Deere Massey Ferguson Minn. Moline Oliver
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   Traditional YT Forum ViewClassic View   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile    Log inLog in 

Tobacco Farming In the 1960s,

Post new topic    
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Long Time User

Joined: 23 Nov 2007
Posts: 1064

Report to Moderator

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:27 pm    Post subject: Tobacco Farming In the 1960s, Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This guy gets it almost like I remember it. I also grew up on a South Georgia Tobacco farm. Funny we had 15 acres of Tobacco 100 acres of Corn, 5 acres of Peanuts with both hogs and 50 head of breed beef cows and we called ourselves Tobacco farmers. We did not handle the pesticides by hand except for the Arsenic which we mixed with sand to drop into the buds to kill bud worms (cabbage looper). We also used mechanical pull behind trans-planters and the plowing and fertilizing was done with a Super A. Early on dad would spend days preparing the row beds with a separate trip for each type of application. The rows were 44 inches drill to drill and at the last I had him agree to bed the rows in one pass laying out rows, applying cut worm pesticide, 800 pounds per acre of fertilizer (3-9-9) or (4-12-12), and bedding up the rows which we did with our 200. Middle busters were mounted on the front and the liquid chemical pesticide for cut worms went in there. We used a Pittsburgh frame to apply the fertilizer using revolving bottom Cole hoppers and side hillers to mound the beds. And yes the standard Pittsburgh frame will only widen to 42" using regular spacing. We would tilt the outer wheel plows out and get about 88 inches for wheel plow spacing. We needed the wheel plows since we were tracing back down the adjacent row to space the next two rows. The story is kind of long but it describes things much as I remember in the late 1950s. Mechanical harvesters on which all the workers rode in the field soon replaced the mule drawn sleds and the task of stringing was replaced with "Bulk" curing barns by the 1980s with no sticks which continues to this day. I can't even find cotton string anymore and it works well for stinging beans. The old barns described are almost all gone. They were destictive in shape being 16 x 16 and about 20 feet tall or 20 x 16 or 20 x 20. It was a killer to fill a 20 x 20 barn in a day.
South Georgia Tobacco Patch

Back to top
View user's profile
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic    Yesterday's Tractors Forum Index -> Farmall & International Harvester (IHC) All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

Jump to:  

Fast Shipping!  Most of our stocked parts ship within 24 hours (M-Th). Expedited shipping available, just call! Most prices for parts and manuals are below our competitors. Compare our super low shipping rates! We have the parts you need to repair your tractor. We are a company you can trust and have generous return policies. Shop Online Today or call our friendly sales staff toll free (800) 853-2651. [ About Us ]

YT Home  |  Forums

Modern View Forum powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group

All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any part of this website, including design and content, without written permission is strictly prohibited. Trade Marks and Trade Names contained and used in this Website are those of others, and are used in this Website in a descriptive sense to refer to the products of others. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

TRADEMARK DISCLAIMER: Tradenames and Trademarks referred to within Yesterday's Tractor Co. products and within the Yesterday's Tractor Co. websites are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Yesterday's Tractor Co., our products, or our website nor are we sponsored by them. John Deere and its logos are the registered trademarks of the John Deere Corporation. Agco, Agco Allis, White, Massey Ferguson and their logos are the registered trademarks of AGCO Corporation. Case, Case-IH, Farmall, International Harvester, New Holland and their logos are registered trademarks of CNH Global N.V.

Yesterday's Tractors - Antique Tractor Headquarters