Tobacco was often called a "13 month crop" because of the labor intensive, multi-step process involved in the growing of this crop. January meant tobacco farmers started to prepare seed beds for planting. By February, farmers planted their prepared seedbeds. Usually by April, farmers would transport their seedbeds into their fields, which had been being prepared February and March. April through August began the labor intensive process of keeping the fields weeded, topping the plants and keeping the plants "insect fee". The hot months of summer involved "suckering", "topping", and finally "priming" the crops. Click the link below to find out more about the harvesting process and the importance of tobacco barns.