USDA PROJECTS: FLUE-CURED PLANTINGS DOWN FOUR PERCENT, BURLEY UP ONE, DARK UP SIX
The dark types, like
this Virginia dark
fire-cured tobacco growing
at the Blackstone, Va.,
research station a year ago,
are all enjoying a
to USDA, dark
plantings in all
three states are up
this summer, with the tiny Virginia crop leading in relative
increase at plus 35 percent. You can see dark and flue-cured
research at the Blackstone station field day on July 27.
USDA's first survey of this year's crop showed a small
decrease in flue-cured plantings, a small increase in
burley plantings and a substantial increase in dark
plantings, no doubt to the weather-damaged 2016
production. Following are USDA's projections for the
major types broken out by state, with percentage change
at the end of each line.
160,000 acres, down three percent.
Virginia, 21,000 acres, down four percent.
South Carolina, 12,000 acres, down seven percent.
Georgia, 12,500 acres, down seven percent.
All states, 205,500 acres, down four per-cent,
Kentucky, 60,000 acres, down one percent.
Tennessee, 14,000 acres, up 16 percent.
Pennsylvania, 4,500 acres, down six percent.
Virginia, 1,100 acres, down eight percent.
North Carolina, 900 acres, down 10 percent.
All states, 80,500 acres, up one percent.
Kentucky, 10,000 acres, up five percent.
Tennessee, 7,500 acres, up seven percent.
Virginia, 400 acres, up 35 percent.
All states--17,900 acres, up six percent.
Kentucky, 5,800 acres, up four percent.
Tennessee, 1,300 acres, up eight percent.
All states--6,300 acres, up six percent.
Pennsylvania, 1,600 acres, no change.
Pennsylvania, 1,800 acres, no change.
DATES TO REMEMBER
July 24-26. N.C. Tobacco Tour.--Monday, 3:30 p.m.: Triple B Farms, Bentonville. 5:30 p.m.: Welcome reception (5:30 p.m.) and dinner (6 p.m.) at Lane's
Seafoods, McGee's Crossroads.--Tuesday, July 25: Oxford
Tobacco Research Station, 7:45 am, Breakfast and Field Tour.
--11 a.m. Lunch, then to Upper Coastal Plain Research
Station, Rocky Mount.--Wednesday, July 26:
Lower Coastal Plain Research Station. 7:45 a.m. Breakfast and Field Tour. 11 a.m. Lunch and Tour Conclusion. Contact and to register: Tobacco.ces.ncsu.edu.
July 27. VA Annual Tobacco Research Field Day, Southern Piedmont Center, Blackstone. Registration begins at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m., and the Field tour at 6 p.m. Contact Margaret Kenny at makenny @vt .edu or 434-292-5331. August 9, 1 p.m. Kentucky Burley Tobacco Industry Tour, UK Spindletop Farm, 3250 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, Ky. To conclude around midday on August 10.