A Hard Day's Work

August 1, 2006

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S.L. Brady, a 33-year-old Calvert County tobacco farmer, tries to get out of the fields by noon on days like yesterday. Working in 100-degree fields into the afternoon can tax just about any man. "That can put some of the best one's down," Brady says. With him are Nathan Gray, 49, and Donny Catterton, 45. The three are "topping" tobacco, meaning they rip off the flowering tops. This directs more growing energy to the main tobacco plant, and makes harvesting easier.

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