Naturally, the factor that will influence you the most when choosing what seed to plant depends on your contract. The type of seed must conform to all of the terms that you have established with your buyer. Once determined, you should next focus on disease resistance and which seed variety is best suited for your particular operation, field requirements and history of disease incidence.
The requirements set up in your contract exist primarily to ensure that your seeds have been adequately screened. Most burley tobacco buyers want tobacco produced from screened seeds that carry the “LC” logo. This logo indicates that the seeds were screened to be low converters for tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs).
If a seed is not properly screened, TSNAs can build up in tobacco during curing or storage. Buyers want to make sure there is little to no risk of this happening with their contracted tobacco.
After you’ve determined which seed type will meet your buyer’s specifications and have the disease resistance you need, your final consideration should involve your field history, irrigation requirements, desired maturity date and holding ability.
Each year new varieties are introduced to the industry after being tested and approved for the market. With so many types of seeds to select from, the best way to choose the one that is right for you is to talk to your local Extension agent and study the field guides offered by your local university or Cooperative Extension. There you will find the official ratings of each variety, which will help you make an informed decision.
Category: Plants & Seeds