Steaming trays 30 minutes at 176°F is an excellent alternative to fumigation for sanitizing greenhouse trays, says Lindsey Thiessen, N.C. Extension plant pathologist. "[But] growers who know greenhouse transplants were a source of TMV or black root rot should dispose of the trays that were used to produce them and purchase new ones."
It was cold in early January, but if you have had problems with tomato spotted wilt virus, let's hope for some more. "Colder winters may suppress thrips populations and the spread of TSWV among weeds, resulting in a smaller inoculum source in the spring," says Thiessen. "A relatively warm winter before the field season allows thrips to be active during much of the winter, spreading the disease among weed hosts, as well as increasing thrips survival and increasing their populations."
Workman makes a big move in the burley/dark seed market: Rickard's dark and burley varieties have been bought by Workman Tobacco Seed Co. of Murray, Ky. Richard Price, vice president of Workman, says his company has purchased Rickard's seed lots of burley and dark tobacco. "All of our seed will continue to be available through our dealers," he says. "We have ample supply of seed for the season." Thanks to the purchase, Workman's offerings now include the burley varieties HB 4488PLC, HB 3307PLC, HB 04PLC, NCBH 129LC and R7-12LC and the dark fired varieties PD 7305LC, PD 7309LC, PD 7318LC, PD 7319LC, PD 7312LC and Shirey LC. Earlier, Champion Seed bought Rickard's flue-cured varieties (See TFN December II 2017).
New dark variety: There is a relatively new dark fire-cured variety on the market this year. It comes from the KY-TN seed program and is called KT D17LC. "It has potential to be a very good variety for our producers," says Price. It has superior yield, quality and black shank resistance compared to current commercial varieties, according to Extension sources. Workman has KT D17LC ready for shipment to its dealers, Price says.
Will the quality of research be affected? There are certainly some agronomic differences between the two locations. The elevation at the Greeneville station is about 1,400 feet above seal level and about 700 feet at the Springfield station. Soil types and weather patterns differ to some degree also. But Ellis doesn't expect these factors to prove a barrier to tobacco research. "I don't see any danger of research not getting done here, as long as someone needs it," says Rob Ellis, the director of both stations.
The Greeneville station is not going away. Research will continue in Greeneville on beef production, field crops and other topics. Ellis says there may be some reductions in staff at some point in the future. No staff changes are expected at the Springfield station for now, he adds...The station was opened in 1932, specifically for research on burley.
GAP GROWER TRAINING EVENTS
Check with your local Extension Service office for further details.
All meetings listed here are free and presented in English.
DATES TO REMEMBER
SOUTHERN FARM SHOW EXHIBITORS
Exhibits of interest to tobacco growers listed by their location on the N.C. State Fairgrounds, January 31 through February 2. This list courtesy of Southern Shows Inc. This list will appear again in the next issue of TFN. Corrections and additions welcomed. See email address and phone number at the top.
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