Sunday, March 19, 2017

TRANSPLANTING READY TO BEGIN












A newly seeded greenhouse near Raleigh, N.C.


TRANSPLANTING READY TO BEGIN

The Type 14 crop is going to the field early. There was essentially no winter in Georgia and Florida, says J. Michael Moore, Georgia Extension tobacco specialist. "We had very few days when the temperature fell below 32 degrees." As a result, plants have been making fast progress in the greenhouse. "Some plants are running away from us. A few farmers may have begun transplanting already. I am expecting a lot of the crop to go to the field in the next two weeks."

No need to wait till April 7? The recommendation most years is to delay transplanting until April 7 or later because there tends to be less incidence of tomato spotted wilt virus after that date. But because of the weather, that may not be the case this season, says Moore. "Alternate host populations as well as thrips populations are already high."

If you plant early, though, Moore advises doing the best job possible of suppressing TSWV with Actigard and Imidacloprid. 

No transplanting yet of flue-cured in North Carolina, but plants are progressing well in greenhouses. "It might be the best plant-growing season in many years," says Matthew Vann, specialist with the N.C. Extension tobacco team. "Thanks to the mild winter [until March 12], the N.C. flue-cured crop was seeded earlier than normal. Seeding is in fact substantially complete across the state, although there may be a few unseeded greenhouses remaining in the western Piedmont."

Variety distribution in N.C. flue-cured appears to be roughly the same as last year, says Vann, but there was a lot of interest in the new variety NC 938. "Growers looked long and hard at NC 938," he says. "It has strong black shank resistance and good yield potential." He thinks it will play a large part in N.C. flue-cured production in the future.

Just a few greenhouses have been seeded in Kentucky. "We may have a few plants breaking through but not many," says Kentucky Extension tobacco specialist. "Even though the 2016 season did not go well for many Kentucky growers, the feedback I am getting is that most of them are trying to grow another crop." 

There doesn't seem to have been much shifting among varieties, except that a few more are planting the relatively new KT 215 because of its resistance to black shank and fusarium wilt, he says.


Should farmers sell finished products?
Two opinions

The U.S. Tobacco Cooperative Inc. (USTC) in Raleigh, N.C., recently purchased a N.J. cigarette manufacturer, King Maker Marketing Inc. of Paramus, through its consumer products division, Premier Manufacturing of Chesterfield, Mo. The acquisition added four brands to USTC's consumer products portfolio. 

"Each of the brands has a solid sales history and consumer following," said USTC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Thompson. "The addition of these nationally recognized brands to our portfolio allows us to increase market share in our category and expand distribution due to our larger sales and marketing organization." 

Earlier in 2016, USTC announced that Premier is now supplying Circle K convenience stores in 40 states with its cigarette brand Traffic.

Soon after the price support program ended, USTC (formerly Flue-Cured Stabilization) tried marketing some of its farmers' leaf as finished products. The big step was purchasing a cigarette factory in Timberlake, N.C. About the same time, it bought Premier, and now it has bought King. All 

USTC brand cigarettes are in the value category, led by 1839, whose name commemorates the discovery of the bright curing process. The results have been good. As one source within the cooperative says, "We get high-quality tobacco from our growers, we make that leaf into a very tasty product, then we sell it at a price that is a value to consumers. The packaging and price bring them in. But the reason they come back is because they think the product tastes good."

The burley co-ops, on the other hand, focus entirely on leaf. The Burley Stabilization Corporation (BSC) cooperative in Springfield, Tn., experimented with manufacturing products for a few years but found it was just not right for them, says BSC leader Daniel Green. "We found that finished products were not the direction we needed to go," says Green. "We sold our interest in the finished product business so that we can fully focus on our leaf tobacco business. The way we look at it, there are people that are really good at finished tobacco products. We want to supply them with the best quality leaf possible and are not interested in trying to compete with them." 

And at Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association in Lexington, Ky., there was never much interest in manufacturing finished tobacco products, says Steve Pratt, general manager. "We concentrate on contracting, processing and selling leaf tobacco," he says.

GAP TRAINING EVENTS

KENTUCKY (Burley/Dark)

March 28, 6 PM. Laurel County Extension Office, 200 County Extension Rd., London KY. Contact Glenn Williams at gwilliam@uky.edu or 606 864 4167.

March 30, 6 PM. Warren County Extension Office, 3132 Nashville Rd., Bowling Green KY. Contact Joanna Coles at jcoles@uky.edu or 270 842 1681.

MARYLAND/PENNSYLVANIA (All types)

Note: The contact for all MD-PA meetings is Jeff Graybill, Pennsylvania Extension, Lancaster County, 717-394-6851. 

March 27, 9 AM. Ira Hertzler Farm, 28379 Thompson Corner Rd., Mechanicsville, MD.

March 28, 9 AM. Garden Spot Fire Rescue, 369 East Main St., New Holland PA.

March 28, 1 AM. Garden Spot Fire Rescue, 369 East Main St., New Holland, PA.

March 29, 9 AM. 172 South Lime St., Quarryville, PA.

March 30, 9 AM. Turbotville Community Hall, 41 Church St., Turbotville, PA.

March 29, 1 PM. 172 South Lime St., Quarryville, PA.







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Friday, March 3, 2017

HOW MUCH CAN YOU AFFORD TO INVEST TO GROW YOUR 2017 CROP?



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How to move plant trays around easily. Craig West of Fremont, N.C., and his wife Nell stopped to look at a plant tray conveyance at the Wilson Manufacturing exhibit at the Southern Farm Show. Said G.H. Wilson, "It is 20 feet long and holds 240 trays and is built so you can easily access the trays once you arrive."

HOW MUCH CAN YOU AFFORD TO 
INVEST TO GROW YOUR 2017 CROP?

Why burley growers are reluctant to buy: Rod Kuegel, who grows dark and burley near Owensboro, Ky., attended the Tobacco Show in Lexington, Ky., on January 19 and 20 and didn't notice many burley and dark growers seeking to make major investments in new equipment. "We had such a damaged crop from water in 2016 that growers are a little reluctant to make big purchases."

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Too much rain in July: Weather conditions last summer certainly didn't lead to enthusiasm for purchasing  machinery. George Marks, who grows dark and burley near Clarksville, Tn., attended the Southern Farm Show. In an interview during the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C. meeting on the Show's last day, he said the 2017 dark crop in Tennessee and Kentucky was one of the worst ever. Burley there finished badly too. "There was too much rain in the month of July. Much of both crops drowned out. A lot of us should probably look for better-drained soils to plant dark tobacco on."
The yield was way down on burley at about 1,400 pounds per acre, said Marks, who is the president of the Burley Stabilization Corporation cooperative (BSC). A normal burley crop would yield 2,200 to 2,400 pounds per acre. Dark yielded about 2,400 pound per acre. Compare that to a normal yield of about 3,300 pounds per acre, Marks said. Dark did better at the market. "The outlook for dark is good right now," said Marks. "Snuff sales are still trending upward."

Cleaning trays with steam: Craig West of Fremont, N.C., stopped by the Long Tobacco Barns exhibit at the Southern Farm Show. He'd bought a Long Steaming Eagle tray steamer and expected to begin running it soon, probably four times a day, steaming 2,400 trays a day. That's enough to fill a 200-foot greenhouse. "We were forced into using the steamer, but it has proved better than methyl bromide. It does a better job of dis-ease control, but methyl bromide was easier to use." NOTE: More on the new steamers and the new easy-to-clean plant trays will appear in the next issue.

Who knows how many sales will be made? Tom Pharr of MarCo Manufacturing said his trip to the show had not been very encouraging. "The traffic was not heavy. But you never know: I have 'priced' everything I have, and who knows where that will lead?" Probably the most interest at the MarCo booth was in the harvesters, but not by a whole lot. "Also, our curing controls have attracted attention," said Pharr. "I think we will make some sales."
No falloff for some companies. "We have more orders than we had at this time in 2015 or 2016," said Mack Grady, president of Cureco in Seven Springs, N.C., in an interview as the Southern Farm Show. "That's a surprise to us, since we are doing the same things we did in those years." But it could just be random. "It certainly seems like this season will likely be down in production," he said.



Leadership in farm labor recognized: The president of the North Carolina Growers Association, Len Wester, received the President's Award for Leadership from the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C at its meeting on February 5. Other award recipients included: Distinguished Service Award: Zane Hedgecock, chief of staff, N.C. Department of Agriculture. Extension Service Award: Matthew Vann; Lifetime Century Member: Marion Hawkins Jr. of GoldLeaf Seed; Farm Family of the Year: The 

Isley Family Farms, Rockingham County; and Outstanding Directors for 2017: Brent Leggett, Nash County and Randy Smith, Lenoir County.
A young farmer and a farmer organization leader were honored at the annual "Breakfast with the Commissioner" held by the Tobacco Farm Life Museum on February 5 in Raleigh at the Southern Farm Show. Brandon Batten of Four Oaks, N.C., was named "Innovative Young Farmer of the Year", sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina. Jimmy Gentry, president of the N.C. State Grange, received the Excellence in Agriculture Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo.
A short course to update young N.C. growers and others on the realities of 21st Century tobacco production: 46 young N.C. tobacco growers, Extension agents, research station managers and technicians, and agronomists participated recently in the 2017 N.C. State Tobacco Short Course in Raleigh. It was conducted by the N.C. Tobacco Foundation with the N.C. State University College of Agriculture. Funding for the program was provided by the N.C. Tobacco Research Commission and the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C. Participants were:
  • Farmers: Scott Edwards--Bladen Co.; Brent Watts--Columbus Co.; Adam Fulcher--Craven Co.; Nick Suggs--Greene Co.; Blake Roberson and Robert Turner III--Martin Co.; Adam Matthews and Anna Jackson--Moore Co.; Kendall Parker--Orange Co.; Worth Williams, Willie Dixon, Matt and Jon Grady, Chase James and Daniel Tyson--Pitt Co.; Mike Angell--Rockingham Co.; Jerry and Josh Manuel--Stokes Co.; Steven Evans, Jr., Vance Grady, Justin and Rex Price--Wayne Co.; Jennings Hinnant, Patrick and Marsha Robbins--Wilso Co.; Ben Hobson -- Yadkin Co.
  • Extension:  Bart Baumgarner--Orange Co.; Blake Sandlin--Duplin Co.
  • NCDA Agronomists: Josh Mays--Region 9, and Carla Pugh--Region 1.

  • NCDA Research Station personnel: Phillip Winslow, Thomas Stroud, Evan Taylor--Lower Coastal Region; Alex Addison--Upper Mountain Research Station; John Erick Freeman--Mountain Research Station.

  • Agribusiness Entities: Ernie Hiatt and Cameron Shelton, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco. Tim Jackson--Crop Consultant; Ryan Lambert--Coastal Agro; Brandon Cole--Helena Chemical, and Bryan Hicks--Meherrin Ag.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

WHICH WAY CONTRACTED ACRES? FLUE-CURED DOWN, BURLEY STABLE?


Presenting the tobacco picture: New N.C. Governor Roy Cooper got a painting of a tobacco scene when he spoke at the annual meeting of the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C. on February 3. Executive Vice President Graham Boyd (left) and President Clay Strickland made the presentation.


A decline in contracted area for flue-cured seemed inevitable as February began. But there was still hope that burley contracts might rise a little from last year or at least hold about the same.


One estimate: The leader of the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C. (TGANC) said in an interview at his organization's annual meeting on February 3 that contracted acreage for flue-cured for 2017 might end up about two to eight percent lower than last year. But other reliable observers thought that was very optimistic. All projections were speculative at the time because some export buyers had not revealed their contracts.

Fewer farmers and less equipment were seen at the Southern Farm Show, February 1 through 3, in Raleigh. More coverage of the Show will appear in the Mid February issue of Tobacco Farmer Newsletter

Those who attended the TGANC annual meeting on the last day of the show found that the news there wasn't encouraging.

There has been a real trend toward substantially fewer tobacco farms, lamented Clay Strickland, TGANC president and a flue-cured grower from Salemburg, N.C. "The attrition rate among N.C. farms is a concern. In 2017, we know there will be more farmers who make [the] business decision to forego growing tobacco. They are not retiring from farming but have opted to exit from tobacco as a part of their operation."

Niche producer? In the world market for tobacco, the United States. has become a niche producer, said Strickland. "We account for [only] about five percent of the world's total production. As we compete in that environment, it is imperative that we stand strong to advocate for prices that reflect our value." Price alone should not be the prevailing factor in purchasing leaf, he said. "Value should be the key determination. And value should be defined by the high standards and compliance guarantees that [characterize] U.S. leaf."

Nearly a half billion pounds of flue-cured: The 2016 flue-cured crop fell well short of potential, said Strickland. A very rough estimate of production might be 448 million pounds.

Smallest burley crop in 97 years? Daniel Green, chief executive officer of the Burley Stabilization Corporation in Springfield, Tn., attended the TGANC meeting and shared his estimate of burley production in 2016. "At most, it reached 110 million pounds," he said. "I have done some research, and I can't find any record of a burley crop this small since 1919, which is as far back as I could find data." Despite the poor yield, Green said it is a very useable crop, but thin. "With all the water we had, it grew very quickly," Green said.

Burley receipts slump: At the Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting held in December, Kentucky Extension agricultural economist Will Snell said, "Tobacco receipts [in Kentucky in 2016] slumped to their lowest post-buyout level, due primarily to unfavorable weather and curing conditions. A combination of much lower yields and a very poor quality crop will likely cause the Kentucky value of tobacco production to fall below $300 million in 2016."

A vote in favor of tobacco: Roy Cooper, the recently elected governor of North Carolina, attended the TGANC meeting and pledged complete support for tobacco. He said that he had grown up on a tobacco farm near Rocky Mount, N.C. "As a kid, I 'cropped' and 'primed' tobacco on my family's farm," he said. "It was hard work that gave me a profound appreciation for agriculture and the people who are called to do it."

In other tobacco news:

How not to reduce spined stilt bug populations: You can delay planting dates which will increase populations later in the season. There are some non-crop plants, especially alyssum, which can increase stilt bug density when planted adjacent to tomatoes and certain other crops. The insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis, is not toxic to the spined stilt bug, and imidacloprid has demonstrated relatively low levels of toxicity towards stilt bugs. For a fact sheet on the stilt bug from N.C. State University, go to https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/spined-stilt-bug-in-tobacco.

GAP TRAINING EVENTS

SOUTH CAROLINA (Flue-Cured)

  • March 7, 10 a.m. Woodhaven, 1963 Highway 76, Marion  SC, across the street from Autozone. Contact J. Michael  Moore at 229-392-6424 or jmmoore@uga.edu.
VIRGINIA (Flue-Cured)
  • February 15, 10 a.m. Midway Baptist Church 2595 Midway Rd., Phenix, Va. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Contact Bob Jones at rojones2@vt.edu or 434-542-5884.
INDIANA (Burley)
  • February 21, 1 p.m. Saddle Club, 710 Fairgrounds Rd., Scottsburg IN. Contact Megan Voyles at mvoyles@purdue.edu or 812-752-8450.
  • February 21, 6 p.m. Switzerland County Extension Ofc., 708 West Seminary St., Vevay IN. Contact Kyle Weaver at  keweaver@purdue. edu or 812-427-3152.
  • February 24 1 p.m. Orange County Extension Ofc., 205 East Main St., Paoli IN. Contact Paul Vining at vining@purdue.edu or 812-723-2107.
KENTUCKY (Burley/Dark)
  • February 22, 10 a.m. Pulaski County Extension Ofc., 18 Parkway Drive Somerset KY. Contact Beth Wilson at beth.wilson@uky.edu or 606-679-6361.
  • February 28, 6 p.m. Allen County Extension Ofc., 200 East Main St., Scottsville KY. Contact Steve Osborne at sosborne@uky.edu or 270-237-3146.
  • March 7, 6 p.m. Nicholas County Livestock Barn, 1471 Concrete Rd., Carlisle KY. Contact Clay Stamm at clay.stamm@uky.edu or 859-289-2312.
  • March 9, 6 p.m. Owen County Extension Ofc., 265 Ellis Hwy, Owenton KY. Steve Musen at steve.musen@uky.edu or 502-484 5703.
  • March 21, 6:30 p.m. Barren County High School Trojan Academy, 505 Trojan Trail, Glasgow KY. Contact Chris Shalk at chris.schalk@uky.edu or 270-651-3818.
TENNESSEE (Burley)
  • February 20, 5 p.m. Montgomery County Extension Office, 1030 Cumberland Heights Rd., Ste. A, Clarksville, Tn. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Contact Rusty Evans at jevans1@utk.edu or 931-648-5725.
GEORGIA (Flue-cured)
  • March 6, 10 AM, Tifton Campus Conference Ctr., 15 RDC Rd., Tifton GA. In Ballrooms C & D following another meeting. Contact J. Michael Moore at jmmoore@uga.edu or 229 392 6424.
  • March 8, 1 PM. Nashville GA Community Center, 102 N Jefferson St., Nashville GA. Contact J. Michael Moore at jmmoore@uga.edu or 229 392 6424.
NORTH CAROLINA (Burley)
  • March 30, 6 p.m. Madison County Extension Ofc., 258 Carolina Lane, Marshall NC. Contact Stanley Holloway at stanley_holloway@ncsu.edu or 828 682 6186.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

SHOW TIME IN TOBACCO LAND



Equipment waits on the floor for farmers at a past Southern Farm Show in Raleigh, N.C.

The Southern Farm Show
 will take place at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C., from Wednesday, February 1, through Friday, February 3. The annual meeting of the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C. will take place Friday from 10 to 1, with a lunch afterward. A list of exhibitors with displays of particular interest to tobacco growers appears below.

The new Trilogy trays will probably be available for inspection at the Show. These new plastic greenhouse trays may allow for more effective sanitation than styrofoam trays, says Tennessee Extension tobacco specialist Eric Walker. "They are also more durable, allowing producers to use them for many more years." Testing is continuing. Cost is something of an issue with the trays. 

Three years at most:  Conventional EPS trays should be used no longer than three years even if they have been sanitized each year, Walker adds.  

A machinery show in Tennessee: The Tennessee-Kentucky Tobacco Expo will take place at the Robertson County Fairgrounds in Springfield on February 7. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the program will continue to 2:30 p.m. There will be a sponsored lunch and a machinery show and an educational program conducted by Andy Bailey and Emily Pfeurer, both Extension tobacco specialists in Kentucky, and Walker of Tennessee. Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training and GAP Training sessions will be provided.  For more information, call 615-384-7936.

Rugged individualism among tobacco farmers may be about to diminish thanks to the increased level of regulation in the tobacco product market, says Will Snell, Kentucky Extension tobacco economist. Changes in the composition and types of tobacco products will require closer scrutiny by tobacco companies on how the leaf they purchase is produced, and the companies will likely exert more control over inputs and production practices, he says.


A smoke-free future? Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI)  said on Wednesday that it is building its future on smoke-free products that it considers a much better choice than cigarette smoking. "Adult smokers are looking for product choices that offer the
PMI's new heat-not-burn product IQOS. 
 satisfying taste, ritual, and pleasure they get from cigarettes, but with far lower amounts of the harmful compounds found in smoke," said Tony Snyder, PMI Vice President of Communications. "After more than 10 years of research and development, today we have both the science and the technology to make these products a reality for the world's 1.1 billion smokers." He noted that more than one million adult smokers have converted to PMI's flagship smokeless product--IQOS, a pen-like device that heats tobacco rather than burns it. We won't see any soon: PMI doesn't market its products in the United States.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • February 1-3. Southern Farm Show. N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, N.C. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • February 3. Annual Meeting, Tobacco Growers Association of N.C., Holshouser Bldg., N.C. State Fairgrounds. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ending with lunch (during Southern Farm Show).
  • February 7, Tennessee-Kentucky Tobacco Expo, Robertson County Fairgrounds, 4635 Highway 41 North, Springfield, Tn. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 615-384-7936.


THE SOUTHERN FARM SHOW
Exhibits of interest to tobacco growers listed by location on the N.C. State Fairgrounds. List courtesy of Southern Shows Inc.

Jim Graham Bldg.  
  • 222 Evans Mactavish Agricraft.
  • 227 Kelley Mfg. Co. Agricultural equipment.
  • 704 (also 8131) Agri Supply. Agricultural materials.
  • 807 Mechanical Transplanter Co. Transplanters, seeding equipment.
  • 808 BulkTobac (Gas Fired Products). Curing equipment and controls.

Kerr Scott Bldg. 

  • 1002 TriEst Ag Group (Formerly Hendrix and Dail). Fumigation supplies.
  • 1107 Flue Cured Tobacco Services. Curing controls.
  • 1015 Yara North America. Fertility products.
  • 1104 GoldLeaf Seed Co. Tobacco seed.
  • 1114 Transplant Systems. Greenhouse systems.  
  • 1116 Cross Creek Seed. Tobacco seed.
  • 1121 AAA Scale Co.
  • 1201 Carolina Greenhouse & Soil Company.
  • 1202 Reddick Equipment Company Inc.
  • 1302 Mid-Atlantic Irrigation. Irrigation equipment.

Exposition Bldg.
  • 3127 (also 8609) Benchmark Buildings & Irrigation. Transplanters and irrigation equipment.
  • 3135 Southern Container Corporation of Wilson. Bale sheets and packaging.  
  • 3311 Flame Engineering. Weed control with flame.
  • 3522 First Products Inc. Fertilizer boxes for cultivators and tool bars.
  • 3605 MarCo Mfg. Tobacco machinery.
  • 3714 (also 8615) Cureco, Inc. Curing controls.
Tent 1
  • 5108 Fairbanks Scale
  • 5110 Britt Technical Services, Inc. Rotem Curing Controls.
Scott Tent
  • 7025 Drexel Chemical Company. Sucker control chemicals.
  • 7319 ABI Irrigation. Irrigation equipment. 
Outdoors 
  • 8035 Equipmax. Tobacco spray equipment.
  • 8039 Vause Equipment Co. Farm equipment.
  • 8204 Wilson Manufacturing. Farm trailers
  • 8217 Granville Equipment. Tobacco Machinery.
  • 8221 Walters Air Assist Plant Release System. Plant release system. 
  • 8301 De Cloet SRL. Tobacco machinery.
  • 8546 Kelley Mfg. Co. Agricultural equipment.
  • 8604 Williamson Greenhouses.
  • 8701 Tytun Ltd. Bulk flue-curing barns.
  • 8705 Long Tobacco Barn Co. Bulk tobacco curing barns. 



GAP TRAINING EVENTS

SOUTH CAROLINA (Flue-Cured)
  • March 7, 10 a.m. Woodhaven, 1963 Highway 76, Marion  SC, across the street from Autozone. Contact J. Michael  Moore at 229-392-6424 or jmmoore@uga.edu.
VIRGINIA (Flue-Cured)
  • February 15, 10 a.m. Midway Baptist Church 2595 Midway Rd., Phenix, Va. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Contact Bob Jones at rojones2@vt.edu or 434-542-5884.
NORTH CAROLINA (Flue-Cured)

  • February 3, 1:30 p.m. Holshouser Bld., NC State Fair Grounds, Raleigh NC (after the TGANC Annual Meeting during Southern Farm Show). Lunch will be provided. Contact Matthew Vann at matthew_vann@ncsu.edu or 919-513-0904.
INDIANA (Burley)
  • February 21, 1 p.m. Saddle Club, 710 Fairgrounds Rd., Scottsburg IN. Contact Megan Voyles at mvoyles@purdue.edu or 812-752-8450.
  • February 21, 6 p.m. Switzerland County Extension Ofc., 708 West Seminary St., Vevay IN. Contact Kyle Weaver at keweaver@purdue.edu or 812-427-3152.
  • February 24 1 p.m. Orange County Extension Ofc., 205 East Main St., Paoli IN. Contact Paul Vining at vining@purdue.edu or 812-723-2107.
KENTUCKY (Burley/Dark)
  • January 30, 6:30 p.m. Pendleton County Extension Ofc., 45 David Pribble Dr., Falmouth KY. Contact Lindie Huffman at lindie.huffman@uky.edu or 859-654-3395.
  • January 31, 5 p.m. Blewitt-Bradley Building, 309 North High St., Franklin KY. Contact Jason Phillips at jrphil0@uky.edu or 270-586-4484.
  • February 2, 6 p.m. Webster Co. Extension Ofc., 1118 US Hwy 41A, South Dixon KY. Contact Vicki Shadrick at vshadric@uky.edu or 270-639-9011.
  • February 7, 9 a.m. Green Co. Extension Ofc., 298 Happyville Rd., Greensburg. KY. Contact Ricky Arnett at ricky.arnett@uky.edu or 270-932-5311.
  • February 9, 6 p.m. Lincoln County Extension Ofc., 104 Metker Trail, Stanford KY. Contact Will Stallard at will.stallard@uky.edu or 606-365-2459.
  • February 22, 10 a.m. Pulaski County Extension Ofc., 18 Parkway Drive Somerset KY. Contact Beth Wilson at beth.wilson@uky.edu or 606-679-6361.
  • February 28, 6 p.m. Allen County Extension Ofc., 200 East Main St., Scottsville KY. Contact Steve Osborne at sosborne@uky.edu or 270-237-3146.
  • March 7, 6 p.m. Nicholas County Livestock Barn, 1471 Concrete Rd., Carlisle KY. Contact Clay Stamm at clay.stamm@uky.edu or 859-289-2312.
  • March 9, 6 p.m. Owen County Extension Ofc., 265 Ellis Hwy, Owenton KY. Steve Musen at steve.musen@uky.edu or 502-484 5703.
  • March 21, 6:30 p.m. Barren County High School Trojan Academy, 505 Trojan Trail, Glasgow KY. Contact Chris Shalk at chris.schalk@uky.edu or 270-651-3818.
TENNESSEE (Burley)
  • January 30, 10 a.m. Stewart County Visitors Ctr., 117 Visitors Ctr. Lane, Dover, Tn. Start time not final. Contact Joe Griffy at jgriffy1@utk.edu or 931-232-5682.
  • February 7, 8 a.m. Robertson Co. Fairgrounds Bldg., 4635 Highway 41 North, Springfield, Tn. Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training and GAP Training sessions will be provided. Contact Eric Walker at ewalke22 @utk.edu or 731-394-0389.
  • February 20, 5 p.m. Montgomery County Extension Office, 1030 Cumberland Heights Rd., Ste. A, Clarksville, Tn. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Contact Rusty Evans at jevans1@utk.edu or 931-648-5725.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

THE SEASON BEGINS IN THE DEEP SOUTH






This picture, taken January 14, shows a tray from one of a few Deep South greenhouses that have emerging seedlings already.

Seedlings have emerged in a few greenhouses in Georgia and Florida. "But most greenhouse operators will begin seeding in earnest this week and next," says J. Michael Moore, Georgia Extension tobacco specialist. Most plants are produced commercially in the Deep South, he says. "Farmers have placed their orders and are making plans on a successful season."
Other states have a way to go before seeding should begin. There is always a temptation to start early if you have time on your hands but N.C. Extension tobacco specialist Matthew Vann counsels against it. "Don't be lulled into seeding your greenhouse just because there's nothing else to do," he says.
If you re-use greenhouse trays, rinse them prior to fall storage and disinfect them just before seeding in the spring, says Eric Walker, Tn. Extension tobacco specialist. Avoid storing sanitized trays in areas where they may come in contact with soil or debris. Or you could cover your trays with plastic or a tarp.
The new flue variety NC 938 performed very well in testing last summer. "It offers very high resistance to both strains of black shank and also has very high yield potential," says Matthew Vann, N.C. Extension tobacco specialist. "But its resistance to Granville wilt is only moderate." He suggests planting some NC 938 this year in hot black shank fields, manage it just as you normally would, and see how it does against standard resistant varieties. All three producers of flue-cured seed are selling this variety this season. 

Nimitz, a new non-fumigant nematicide, may be available for tobacco this year. It depends on if it passes the industry smoke test in time. The manufacturer Adama obtained registration last June for use of Nimitz on tobacco. Distribution will be handled through normal channels. Watch this space for more information.

Whenever you get Nimitz, it should be a good option for nematode control. "Like any contact nematicide, the control you get is not as good as you would expect from a fumigant," says Alex Csinos, University of Georgia plant pathologist. "But in situations where you can't or don't want to use fumigants, it can be a good second choice. It is way better than no-thing at all." Most farmers will apply it to the soil -- either broadcast or in bands -- and incorporate it. Efficient application will be important because the cost of the material will be high.


The availability of  Telone II is a matter of some concern. "It is likely that delivery through dealers will be on the slow side," says Moore. "Farmers can't afford much of a delay in application of Telone II."


Belted by lack of Belt? "The loss of Belt puts pressure on the grower to choose wisely among what few insecticides are available," says Moore. There are still opportunities to rotate chemistries to maximize the benefit of the insecticides you have and to avoid the development of resistance, he adds.


DATES TO REMEMBER
  • January 19-20. 2017 Tobacco Expo. Opens 11 a.m. Thursday9 a.m. Friday.  Lexington (Ky.) Convention Center.
  • January 19. Annual Meeting, Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association, , Heritage Hall, Lexington (Ky.) Convention Center, 4 p.m. (in conjunction with Tobacco Expo).
  • January 20. Annual Meeting, Council for Burley Tobacco, Lexington (Ky.) Convention Center. Noon (in conjunction with Tobacco Expo).
  • February 1-3. Southern Farm Show. N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, N.C. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • February 3. Annual Meeting, Tobacco Growers Association of N.C., Holshouser Bldg., N.C. State Fairgrounds. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ending with lunch (during Southern Farm Show).
  • February 7, Tennessee-Kentucky Tobacco Expo, Robertson County Fairgrounds, 4635 Highway 41 North, Springfield, Tn. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Sponsored lunch. Includes a trade show. Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training and GAP Training sessions will be provided.  For more information, call 615-384-7936.



THE SOUTHERN FARM SHOW
Exhibits of interest to tobacco growers listed by location on the N.C. State Fairgrounds. List courtesy of Southern Shows Inc. Note To ExhibitorsIf you are not listed below and would like to be included in the late January issue of TFN, please write to chrisbickers @gmail.com.

Jim Graham Bldg.  

  • 222 Evans Mactavish Agricraft.
  • 227 Kelley Mfg. Co. Agricultural equipment.
  • 704 (also 8131) Agri Supply. Agricultural materials.
  • 807 Mechanical Transplanter Co. Transplanters, seeding equipment.
  • 808 BulkTobac (Gas Fired Products). Curing equipment and controls.

Kerr Scott Bldg. 

  • 1002 TriEst Ag Group (Formerly Hendrix and Dail). Fumigation supplies.
  • 1107 Flue Cured Tobacco Services. Curing controls.
  • 1015 Yara North America. Fertility products.
  • 1104 GoldLeaf Seed Co. Tobacco seed.
  • 1114 Transplant Systems. Greenhouse systems.  
  • 1116 Cross Creek Seed. Tobacco seed.
  • 1121 AAA Scale Co.
  • 1201 Carolina Greenhouse & Soil Company.
  • 1202 Reddick Equipment Company Inc.
  • 1302 Mid-Atlantic Irrigation. Irrigation equipment.
Exposition Bldg.
  • 3127 (also 8609) Benchmark Buildings & Irrigation. Transplanters and irrigation equipment.
  • 3135 Southern Container Corporation of Wilson. Bale sheets and packaging.  
  • 3311 Flame Engineering. Weed control with flame.
  • 3522 First Products Inc. Fertilizer boxes for cultivators and tool bars.
  • 3605 MarCo Mfg. Tobacco machinery.
  • 3714 (also 8615) Cureco, Inc. Curing controls.
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  • 5108 Fairbanks Scale
  • 5110 Britt Technical Services, Inc. Rotem Curing Controls.
Scott Tent
  • 7025 Drexel Chemical Company. Sucker control chemicals.
  • 7319 ABI Irrigation. Irrigation equipment. 
Outdoors 
  • 8035 Equipmax. Tobacco spray equipment.
  • 8039 Vause Equipment Co. Farm equipment.
  • 8204 Wilson Manufacturing. Farm trailers
  • 8217 Granville Equipment. Tobacco Machinery.
  • 8221 Walters Air Assist Plant Release System. Plant release system. 
  • 8301 De Cloet SRL. Tobacco machinery.
  • 8546 Kelley Mfg. Co. Agricultural equipment.
  • 8604 Williamson Greenhouses.
  • 8701 Tytun Ltd. Bulk flue-curing barns.
  • 8705 Long Tobacco Barn Co. Bulk tobacco curing barns. 



GAP TRAINING EVENTS

VIRGINIA (Flue-Cured)
  • January 17, 9 a.m. Southern Piedmont Center, 2375 Darvills Road, Blackstone VA. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Contact Lindy Tucker at tucker07@vt.edu or 434-696-5526.
  • January 18, 4 p.m. Meherrin River Hunt Club, 435 Dry Creek Rd., South Hill, Va. Contact Taylor Clark at clarke@ vt.edu or 434 738 6191
  • January 19, 4 pm. Olde Dominion Agricultural Com-plex, 19783 U.S. Hwy. 29 So., Chatham, Va. Contact Stephen Barts at sbarts @vt.edu  or 434-432-7770.
  • January 25, 10 a.m. Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department, 3050 Scottsburg Rd., Scottsburg, Va. Registration at 9:30 a.m.  Contact Rebecca Slabach at cbrown04 @vt.edu or 434-476-2147.
  • February 15, 10 a.m. Midway Baptist Church 2595 Midway Rd., Phenix, Va. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Contact Bob Jones at rojones2@vt.edu or 434-542-5884.
  • February 15, 10 a.m. Midway Baptist Church 2595 Midway Rd., Phenix, Va. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Contact Bob Jones at rojones2 @vt.edu or 434-542-5884.
NORTH CAROLINA (Flue-Cured)
  • January 18, 9 a.m. Wayne County Extension Cntr., 208 Chestnut St., Goldsboro, NC. Contact Tyler Whaley at tyler_whaley @ncsu.edu or 919-731-1527.
  • January 19, 9 a.m. Lenoir County Shrine Club, 1558 Hwy 70, East Kinston NC. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Contact Mike Carroll at mike_carroll@ncsu.edu or 252-633-1477.
  • January 20, 9 a.m. McSwain Extension Center, 2420 Tramway Rd., Sanford NC. Contact Zack Taylor at zrtaylor@ncsu.edu or 919-775-5624.
  • January 23, 8 a.m. Caswell County Civic Center, 536 Main St., East Yanceyville NC. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Meeting will start at 9 a.m.. Lunch will be served. Contact Joey E. Knight III at joey_knight@ncsu.edu or 336-694-4158.
  • January 24, 9 a.m. Harnett County Government Complex Commons Area, 309 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Lillington NC 27546. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Contact Brian Parrish at brian_ parrish@ncsu.edu or 910-893-7530.
  • January 25, 9 a.m. Sampson County Ag Expo Center 414 Warsaw Rd. Clinton, NC. Contact Della King at della_king@ncsu.edu or 910-592-7161.
  • February 3, 1:30 p.m. Holshouser Bld., NC State Fair Grounds, Raleigh NC (after the TGANC Annual Meeting during Southern Farm Show). Lunch will be provided. Contact Matthew Vann at matthew_ vann@ncsu.edu or 919-513-0904.
INDIANA (Burley)
KENTUCKY (Burley/Dark)
TENNESSEE (Burley)
  • January 30, 10 a.m. Stewart County Visitors Ctr., 117 Visitors Ctr. Lane, Dover, Tn. Start time not final. Contact Joe Griffy at jgriffy1@utk.edu or 931-232-5682.
  • February 7, 8 a.m. Robertson Co. Fairgrounds Bldg., 4635 Highway 41 North, Springfield, Tn. Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training and GAP Training sessions will be provided. Contact Eric Walker at ewalke22 @utk.edu or 731-394-0389.
  • February 20, 5 p.m. Montgomery County Extension Office, 1030 Cumberland Heights Rd., Ste. A, Clarksville, Tn. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Contact Rusty Evans at jevans1@utk.edu or 931-648-5725.