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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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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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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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When It Rains, It Pours
August 14, 2013 |

When It Rains, It Pours

This summer has probably left many of you wishing you had giant umbrellas for your fields. After years of worrying about drought, the skies opened up on many growers’ fields, dumping more than 30 inches in just a few short weeks on some fields in the East. With drenched and drowning plants growing thin and […]

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Easing Labor Pains
July 31, 2013 |

Easing Labor Pains

Growers, we know you’re all too familiar with the challenges accompanying securing enough labor to efficiently and economically plant and harvest your tobacco. Some of you who grew up on tobacco farms remember watching your own parents experience the same struggles finding help. “For my dad, recruiting labor was a year-round process,” said David Sutton, […]

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From Seed to Transplant
[ 0 ] April 22, 2013 |

From Seed to Transplant

How do you have the most successful final product possible? You must have a successful beginning. For tobacco farmers, this means starting out with strong seeds that grow into healthy transplants. With a seed so small its volume ranges from 10,000 to 20,000 seeds per gram, transformation from the fragile seedling stage into hardy transplants […]

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Smart Budgeting
[ 0 ] April 22, 2013 |

Smart Budgeting

This economy has everyone taking a hard look at what they spend versus what they take in. Modern tobacco farmers are no different. They are constantly reviewing their input costs to see what they can trim from their expenses without sacrificing the quality of their product. Keeping a record of how every dime was spent […]

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