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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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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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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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