Harvesting sugar cane

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Comments (5)

joyfotos on April 14, 2009

Having grown up on a farm I always like shots that show farm life. I especially like them when they show a crop that is unique to a region.

Do they not burn off the fields before harvest? I know from other areas I see them burning off fields, I assume before harvest.


Leo Roundtree on April 16, 2009

Hi JF.

This shot was taken on the farm my wife grew up on.

Until this harvester was invented, there was a lot of field burning. The old harvester would cut the can and leave it in the field for the leaves to be burned off.

It was very bad for breathing and left soot all over everything. Most people on the farms (and in town) hung their clothes out to dry and it would sometimes get very sooty (if that's a word?)

With this new harvester, the leaves are stripped and the cane is even cut up into pieces that appear to be about a foot long. I believe they may still burn the leaf residue left by the harvester.

What did you grow on your farm?

Best wishes, Leo

joyfotos on April 16, 2009


Thanks for all the neat info. It sure sounds like progress to me. The fields I saw burning in FL and Hawaii really generated a tremendous amount of smoke and I can imagine the soot problem for people in the neighborhood.

We had a dairy farm and so mostly grew corn and hay for the cows.

It is neat to know that this photo is from your wife's home farm.

Thanks for all your comments! JF

Leo Roundtree on April 17, 2009

Hi, JF.

I guess it was a silly question to ask a person from Wisconsin what kind of farm they had! Like asking an Idoho farmer if they grow potatoes.

Here are some other photos I took on the farm. The church is where we were married in 1970 (I hope I'm not overdoing the links).

Best wishes, Leo

joyfotos on April 17, 2009

Hi again Leo,

I swear I answered some of these earlier today - think I forgot to push the send button - so will try again.

Actually that is ok as I did not grow up in Wisconsin. I actually grew up within a couple miles of Jean in North Carolina as we are cousins. That is how I got my start on P. And believe it or not, while you would be correct most of the time in Wisconsin there is actually a few areas that are big potato farms here as well.

Thanks for the link to the other photos - there is no such thing as too many photos - especially now that I know their history. I had to zoom out a bit and now know that you grew up relatively close to New Orleans. It looks to be a wonderful place.

Hope you have a good night! JF

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 17, 2008
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    by Leo Roundtree
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ18
    • Taken on 2007/12/22 08:50:44
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 72.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO800
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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