Harvesting specifications can change from time to time during the season due to crop or market conditions, even on the same crop. Workers will be expected to conform to the specific instructions given for each days work. Work begins at an assigned time shortly after day light. Work is performed during light rain and in high humidity and in temperatures ranging from 100 degrees to 35 degrees F. Workers will work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Workers will lift for prolonged periods of time and must be physically fit and able to perform the duties as described. All the tasks in the Job Description constitute one (1) job; the employer may assign workers to different tasks on any day or to multiple tasks during the same day in the sole judgment of the employer. Workers may be required to preform work, on the farm, that is incidental to farming the crops listed in the application, such as performing hand cultivation tasks, weeding or hoeing, cleaning and repairing farm buildings, weed beds,racks, grounds, operate tractor/farm equipment incidental to crop, clean fence rows and weed eating around barns and other out buildings, and fence rows,painting barns and fences, weeding, etc... This is a very demanding and competitive business in which quality specifications must be rigorously adhered to. Sloppy work cannot and will not be tolerated.Tobacco Chopping weeds and Topping: Worker will chop weeds from between tobacco plants with a hoe. Worker will remove tops and suckers from plants.
Cutting Tobacco: Worker will cut ripe plants off at the ground using a tobacco knife and spear stalk over a metal spear onto a wooden stick (stick is 48" long and one end is stuck in the ground and the spear is placed on the other end). Industry standard
is six (6) plants per stick (stick and plants may weigh up to 80 lbs. and tobacco may be 6 to 7 feet long). Worker will transfer the loaded stick from ground to wagon or
trailer and load sticks on the wagon or trailer in an orderly fashion. Workers will be required to cut at least 60 sticks per hour after the 2 days training.
Housing Tobacco: Workers will transfer stick from wagon or trailer to other workers standing on rails above in the tobacco barn. The workers standing on the rails will either hand
tobacco between rails or transfer tobacco to workers standing on the rails above them. Rails are 48 inches apart and from 6 feet to 40 feet above the ground.
Stripping Tobacco: When the tobacco has cured and ready to start stripping the workers will remove tobacco sticks from rails in barn, then remove the stalks from the sticks and transport tobacco to a stripping room. The tobacco is placed on a bench in the stripping room where the workers will remove the leaves from each stalk. In the stripping room there will be at least 4 large metal rings that are about 2 feet deep and covered with large canvas type sheets. The worker stands in this ring and removes the leaves according to the grade of tobacco he is pulling and then passes the stalk to the next person who removes the leaves he is grading and so on until the leaves are all pulled from the stalk. The leaves the worker is pulling will be dropped in the ring in which he/she is standing. As he/she pulls the leaves he is tamping the leaves down with his feet and when the ring is full a worker will pull the corners of the sheet together and remove from ring and place another sheet in the ring, and the tobacco leaves in bailing machine. Worker will operate controls of bailing machine pressing the leaves down until it reaches the required weight and place the grade number on bale as instructed by the employer. Worker will be required to strip tobacco by quality grades and strip at least 55 pounds per hour.