Wednesday, January 24, 2018


No more tobacco presence: The University of Tennessee has ended tobacco research at the Research & Education Center in Greeneville, Tn. See "End of an era" below.

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).

What burley varieties will be tops in 2018? Price predicts that four varieties will dominate the burley seed market this season: NC-7, KT 215, KT 209 and HB 4488. "These varieties will account for the lion's share of the business," he says.

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.

End of an era: After 85 years, tobacco research at the Tennessee Research & Education Center located in Greeneville, Tenn., has come to an end. To increase efficiency, University of Te-nnessee administrators have elected to concentrate all the state's tobacco research for all three types grown in the state [burley and both dark types] at the Highland Rim Research & Education Center in Springfield. There will be one exception: The Kentucky-Tennessee tobacco breeding program will continue at the Greeneville station, at least for the moment.

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.

Check with your local Extension Service office for further details.
All meetings listed here are free and presented in English.

    • January 23, 9 a.m. Winston-Salem, N.C.
    • January 23, 9 a.m. Blackstone, Va.
    • January 23, 9:30 a.m. Dover, Tn.
    • January 23, 1 p.m. Nashville, Ga. 
    • January 24, 9 a.m. Williamston, N.C.
    • January 24, 4 p.m. South Hill, Va.
    • January 25, 9 a.m. Greenville, N.C.
    • January 25, 2 p.m. Clinton, N.C.
    • January 25, 4 p.m. Chatham, Va.
    • January 26, 9 a.m. Shelbyville, Ky.
    • January 26, 9 a.m. Kinston, N.C.
    • January 26, 1 p.m. New Castle, Ky.
    • January 29, 9 a.m. Goldsboro, N.C.
    • January 30, 9 a.m. Sanford, N.C.
    • January 31, 10 a.m. Scottsburg, Va.
    • February 1, 6 p.m. Stanford, Ky.
    • February 2, 1:30 p.m. Raleigh, N.C. (part of the Southern Farm Show).
    • February 5, 9 a.m. Lillington, N.C.
    • February 5, 4:30 p.m. Franklin, Ky.
    • February 5, 6 p.m. Scottsville, Ky.
    • February 6, 8 a.m. Springfield, Tn. (part of Ky-Tn Tobacco Expo).
    • February 8, 5 p.m. Albany, Ky.
    • February 8, 6 p.m. New Tazewell, Tn.
    • February 13, 6 p.m. Athens, Tn.
    • February 13, 1 p.m. Scottsburg, In. 
    • February 13, 6 p.m. Vevay, In. 
    • February 19, 12 p.m. Carthage, Tn.
    • February 22, 1 p.m. West Union, Oh.
    • February 23, 1 p.m. Paoli, In.
    • February 19, 6 p.m. Hartsville, Tn.
    • February 20, 4:30 p.m. Clarksville, Tn.
    • February 20, 6 p.m. Sharpsburg, Ky.
    • February 21, 8:30 a.m. Lawrenceburg, Tn.
    • February 22, 6 p.m. Maysville, Ky.
    • February 26, 4 p.m. Central City, Ky.
    • February 26, 6 p.m. Lafayette, Tn.
    • February 26, 6 p.m. Bowling Green, Ky.
    • Feb 27, 10:30 a.m. Morehead, Ky.
    • Feb 28, 10:30 a.m. Owensboro, Ky.
    • March 1, 10 a.m. Campbridge City, In.
    • March 1, 10:30 a.m. Hopkinsville, Ky.
    • March 2, 10:30 a.m. Lexington, Ky.
    • March 6, 2:30 p.m. Mayfield, Ky.
    • March 7, 6 p.m. Greeneville, Tn.
    • March 7, 1 p.m. Nashville, Ga.
    • March 12, 10:30 a.m. Tifton, Ga.
    • March 13, 10:30 a.m. Marion, S.C.
    • March 13, 1 p.m. Murray, Ky.
    • March 20, 6:30 p.m. Glasgow, Ky.
    • March 20, 6:30 p.m. Gray, Tn.
    • March 21,  10 a.m. Wilson, N.C.

  • January 31-February 2, 9 a.m. Southern Farm Show. N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, N.C. See below for exhibitor list.
  • February 2, 10 a.m. Annual Meeting, Tobacco Growers Association of N.C., Holshouser Building, N.C. State Fairgrounds (in conjunction with Southern Farm Show). Meeting ends with lunch.


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.

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. 
  • 1015 Yara North America. Fertility products.
  • 1002 TriEst Ag Group. Fumigation supplies.
  • 1107 Flue Cured Tobacco Services. Curing controls.
  • 1104 GoldLeaf Seed Co. Tobacco seed.
  • 1114 BeltWide Inc. Transplant technology.
  • 1115 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 Co.
Exposition Bldg.
  • 3127&8609 Benchmark Buildings & Irrigation. Transplanters/irrigation.
  • 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.
  • 4018 Conklin Company. AgroVantage System to boost genetic potential.
  • 4035 Bio-Organic Catalyst.
Scott Tent
  • 7025 Drexel Chemical Company. Sucker control chemicals.
  • 7027 ABI Irrigation. Irrigation equipment.
 Tent 1
  • 8039 Vause Equipment Co. Farm equipment.
  • 8206 Wilson Manufacturing. Farm trailers
  • 8204 Equipmax. Tobacco spray equipment.
  • 8217 Granville Equipment. Tobacco Machinery.
  • 8510 Walters Air Assist Plant Release System. Plant release system. 
  • 8301 De Cloet SRL. Tobacco machinery.
  • 8507 World Tobacco. Bulk fertilizer handling equipment. Curing barns.
  • 8546 & 227 Kelley Mfg. Co. Agricultural equipment.
  • 8701 Tytun Ltd. Bulk flue-curing barns.
  • 8705 Long Tobacco Barn Co. Bulk tobacco curing barns. 

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