Ernest Welch, top, drives a tractor as his crew helps harvest tobacco this week in Prestonville, Ky. Freddy Lopez, bottom, lines tobacco plants up on a trailer before they are taken to a barn to be dried. The harvest season has begun at some farms in the Courierarea, while other farms appear to have several weeks to go before the harvest begins. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie) kritchie@madisoncourier.com)