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Winter Greenhouse Prep
January 24, 2017 |

Winter Greenhouse Prep

By Turner Walston Follow these five tips to make greenhouse spring cleaning a breeze. With tobacco out of the fields and cover crops planted, ‘tis the season to prep tobacco greenhouses for 2017 transplants. “Sanitation is the key word,” says Dr. J. Michael Moore, professor and tobacco Extension agronomist at the University of Georgia. “That […]

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Optimizing  Nicotine in  Tobacco
January 24, 2017 |

Optimizing Nicotine in Tobacco

By Julia Ellis In the field and in the laboratory, researchers are investigating ways to optimize nicotine concentration in tobacco for the noncombustible market. U.S. tobacco has traditionally been prized for its taste and quality. In the e-liquid market, however, taste is irrelevant. Nicotine content is the valued commodity. Currently India and China are known […]

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Mistaken Identity, Nonchemical tobacco plant injury
January 24, 2017 |

Mistaken Identity, Nonchemical tobacco plant injury

By Julia Ellis When tobacco plants show signs of injury or abnormal growth, farmers often blame chemicals. But experts point out that, when used correctly, chemicals don’t harm tobacco plants, and other factors are often to blame for these plants’ maladies. Weather Woes Leaf injuries—curling, weather flecks, spots, etching or discoloration—result from a variety of […]

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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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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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Establishing Roots
February 18, 2014 |

Establishing Roots

Right now, everything’s just getting a move on. Animals and insects are peeking out of their winter refuge, the weather is pushing toward warmer days, and plants are beginning to spread their leaves and grow. You’re getting a move on, too. You’re bringing your plants from the winter warmth of the greenhouse and putting them […]

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European Regulation
November 19, 2013 |

European Regulation

In early October, the European Parliament voted to postpone a ban on menthol cigarettes to 2021 and scale down the size of health warnings on cigarette packets. Instead of approving the proposal that health warnings should cover 75 percent of packaging (up from the current requirement that warnings cover 30 percent of the front and […]

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Winter’s No Break
November 19, 2013 |

Winter’s No Break

Yes, you’ve packed away your equipment or taken it to get those necessary repairs. Yes, your fields are taking a break from tobacco, at least for now. But you know your work doesn’t end with the growing season. Winter’s the best time to get your ducks in a row, to start planning your contracts and […]

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