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Thinking Outside the Cigarette
June 29, 2016 |

Thinking Outside the Cigarette

By Chris Trlica The meteoric rise of genetic engineering technology, combined with tobacco’s relatively easy cultivation and propensity to flower, has launched tobacco into the spotlight as one of the most common plants for engineers to study and manipulate. Thanks to researchers, some tobacco plants can glow, others can have their flowering started or stopped […]

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Fungus Control With a New Mode of Action
June 29, 2016 |

Fungus Control With a New Mode of Action

By Julia Ellis When weather conditions are ideal for fungus growth, tobacco farmers now have one more tool to protect their plants. In early 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency registered Presidio fungicide for tobacco use. The advent of Presidio means farmers can use a suite of fungicides that attack pathogens like black shank and blue […]

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Going Electronic
June 29, 2016 |

Going Electronic

Why more growers are turning to electronic recordkeeping—and the options they might consider By Emmy Wade Every business owner should keep good records, and tobacco growers are no exception. In order to run a successful operation, financial statements, receipts and tax-deductible expenses are a weekly—if not daily—concern. In our electronic age, an increasing number of […]

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Topping Timetable
June 23, 2015 |

Topping Timetable

The Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 either bought out growers or freed them from quotas and restrictions. The end result: fewer tobacco growers planting more tobacco acres. Just four years after the buyout, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported flue-cured farms had increased in size by 50 percent, and burley farms […]

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Black Shank
June 16, 2015 |

Black Shank

Florida and Georgia witnessed the United States’ first black shank appearance in 1915. Having crept into Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina in the 1930s, black shank could be found in almost every flue-cured tobacco state by the year 2000, causing losses ranging from 1 to 2.5 percent per year in North Carolina alone. Are these […]

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Transplants
June 16, 2015 |

Transplants

A successful season stems from a great beginning. With tobacco, that means transplants. The growing of transplants can often prove to be a delicate and time- consuming practice, prompting many growers to purchase plants instead of growing them on their own. Whether buying or growing transplants best fits your operation, experts offer tips and information […]

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Going Green
June 16, 2015 |

Going Green

For most tobacco growers, cultivating tobacco without the use of chemicals is like starting a fire without matches. Sure, you could do it. But why would you want to? Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company (SFNTC), a North Carolina-based manufacturer committed to the production of premium tobacco products with additive-free tobacco, contracts with an increasing number […]

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Breaking The Mold
June 16, 2015 |

Breaking The Mold

During burley curing, a small amount of mold always grows on the curing leaf, and it’s no big deal. Some years, though, temperature and humidity conditions are just right for mold growth, and in those years, mold populations can intensify, jeopardizing growers’ health and safety. Small fungi that feed on dead and decaying plant matter, […]

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Rain Effect
June 16, 2015 |

Rain Effect

For crops, rain is a good thing, right? Lately, Southern tobacco farmers might disagree. As of August 2014, the Southeast as a whole received about 10 inches more rain than average this year. While dealing with an excess of water drenching tobacco fields can be quite challenging, experts share strategies that can help protect crops […]

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Rotation That Works
February 18, 2014 |

Rotation That Works

At a loss for how to plan out a favorable crop rotation program? Let the experts help. The Virginia flue-cured guide offers the following examples of successful programs Virginia growers have used: 1-year rotation: Tobacco followed by small grain or ryegrass cover crop 2-year rotation: 1st year: Tobacco followed by small grain and fescue or […]

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