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Category: Diseases & Pests

Meet What Eats Your Profit: Insect Management Strategies  
December 11, 2020 |

Meet What Eats Your Profit: Insect Management Strategies  

By Allison Mullen As professor and Extension specialist at North Carolina State University, Hannah Burrack has spent years studying the management of tobacco’s insect pests and pollinators. In a recent presentation to North Carolina tobacco growers, she shared a collection of findings from experiments and observations in the field. While Burrack recommends certain treatments to […]

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Reduced Carryover, Reduced Pests
December 11, 2020 |

Reduced Carryover, Reduced Pests

By Julia Ellis After bringing a tobacco harvest safely through a gauntlet of aphids, hornworms, budworms and grasshoppers, growers must protect their tobacco from insect pests that don’t like it green: cigarette beetles and tobacco moths. These ravenous ravagers plague stores of cured tobacco, eating holes into the profits of growers, manufacturers and distributors. Beetle […]

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Time Again for Summertime Pests
December 11, 2020 |

Time Again for Summertime Pests

Some cycles are never far from a tobacco farmer’s mind: the cycle of plant growth, from seed to plant to harvest; the changing seasons, bringing longer, warmer days when tobacco thrives; the water cycle’s clouds and rain that quench thirsty fields. These cycles create a rhythm and consistency in the uncertain business of farming. But […]

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Surviving Blue Mold
December 11, 2020 |

Surviving Blue Mold

On a cool, rainy summer day, a breeze rustles through the trees surrounding tobacco fields. Silently riding the wind are the spores of Peronospora hyoscyami f. sp. tabacina, otherwise known as tobacco blue mold. During summers like this one, when the rains just won’t stop and June feels more like early spring, conditions are just […]

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Common Culprits
April 22, 2013 |

Common Culprits

The key to controlling weeds, just as in controlling insects and diseases, is proper identification. According to the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Flue-Cured Tobacco Guide, common weeds that affect tobacco crops include nutsedges, morningglories, common ragweed, pigweed and horsenettle. Growers need to identify the types of weeds that are present and should consult their […]

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Play In The Dirt
April 22, 2013 |

Play In The Dirt

The best soils for growing tobacco have good internal drainage that keeps standing moisture away from roots and, at the same time, good water-holding capabilities to combat dry spells in the growing season. (Note that you should always avoid transplanting into saturated soils, as tobacco roots require aeration and can begin to die in as […]

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Crop Rotations
April 22, 2013 |

Crop Rotations

Proper crop rotation is one of a farmer’s best weapons against disease. Planting tobacco in the same field in consecutive years puts your crop at risk for disease and can also strip the land of vital nutrients. While rotating crops can be more difficult for burley farmers, experts cannot stress the importance of rotation enough. […]

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Common Greenhouse Diseases
August 20, 2010 |

Common Greenhouse Diseases

A quick look at some common greenhouse diseases: Angular leaf spot (ALS), or “blackfire,” can overwinter on old tobacco debris and is favored by continuous moisture. Angular leaf spot is typically treated with streptomycin on a weekly basis. Anthracnose is a fungal disease that causes small, depressed spots that appear watersoaked in the early stages, […]

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