Tuesday, January 17, 2017


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.

  • 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.

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.
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  • 7025 Drexel Chemical Company. Sucker control chemicals.
  • 7319 ABI Irrigation. Irrigation equipment. 
  • 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. 


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.
  • 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)
  • 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.

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