Friday, January 16, 2015


How many greenhouses
How many greenhouses will it take to plant a smaller crop? David Miller (left) and Kenneth Reynolds, both of Abingdon, Va., discussed the prospects for an earlier season in this file photo taken on Miller's farm.
Substantially fewer acres of flue-cured appear on the way, if the reports of much reduced contract volumes are accurate. One seed producer who normally is well-informed on this subject told Tobacco Farmer Newsletter a week ago that he anticipated no more than 80 percent of 2014 contract volume this year. Then Friday, an auction warehouse owner in North Carolina predicted no more than 75 percent. And Tuesday, a grower association owner said even 75 percent may be too optimistic. Burley contracting is not as far along, but a burley association leader told TFN Tuesday that the trend so far for that type has been similar.

This was not entirely unexpected. Back on December 4, N.C. flue-cured grower Tim Yarbrough predicted that demand for bright leaf will trend downward for 2015. "I can't give you a number [for] how much lower, but I am convinced by all the market signals that we will be offered less contract volume," he said at the N.C. Tobacco Day program.

To protect their price, tobacco growers need to collectively aim for a supply that closely matches demand, said Yarbrough, the current president of the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C. "I'm not advocating for a program, but I am advocating that farmers not plant tobacco absent a legitimate marketing contract. People who plant 'wildcat' tobacco that has no initial demand are hurting everyone, including most of all themselves."

A challenge to growers: "[Let's] work collectively on delivering a product to market in 2015 that has the highest integrity of any we have ever delivered," said Yarbrough. Improvement is especially needed in one area: He said manufacturers are complaining of increased quantities of stalks in the bale. "It is understandable that windblown tobacco that is mechanically harvested is challenged by this condition... [but] we must take the time and labor necessary to remove these stalks prior to baling, or else it may result in lost marketings."
The Council for Burley Tobacco will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, January 17, during the Agriculture Industry Trade Show which takes place at the Owensboro Convention Ctr.  in conjunction with the 2015 Tobacco Expo. The meeting will take place at 12 p.m. in West Ballroom E. The annual meeting of the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association will take place immediately afterward in the same location, starting at 1 p.m. A GAP meeting will be held there earlier that day.

The Southern Farm Show will take place February 4 to February 6 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C. It will end on February 6 with the annual meeting of the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C. A list of tobacco-oriented exhibitors appears below. Note: If any other exhibitor would like to be included in this list in the next issue, contact me at the address or number at the top of this page. Also, corrections are welcome.

Jim Graham Bldg.  
  • 221 (also 8204) Taylor Mfg. Curing barns, wood furnaces.
  • 222 Evans Mactavish Agricraft and World Tobacco. Bulk fertilizer handling equipment. Curing barns.  
  • 227 Kelley Mfg. Co. Agricultural equipment.
  • 704 (also 8131) Agri Supply. Agricultural materials.
  • 807 Mechanical Transplanter Co. Transplanters, seeding equipment.
  • 808-9 BulkTobac (Gas Fired Products). Curing equipment and controls, poultry brooders, pig heating, space heaters.
Kerr Scott Bldg. 
  • 1002 TriEst Ag Group (Formerly Hendrix and Dail). Fumigation supplies.
  • 1005 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.
Exposition Bldg.
  • 3127 (also 8611) Benchmark Buildings & Irrigation Inc. Pre-fabricated metal buildings, transplanters and irrigation equipment.
  • 3135 Southern Container Corporation of Wilson. Bale sheets and packaging.  
  • 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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  • 5007 ABI Irrigation. Irrigation equipment.
  • 5023 Walters Air Assist Plant Release System. Plant release system.
  • 5110 Britt Technical Services, Inc. Rotem Curing Controls.
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  • 7025 Drexel Chemical Company. Sucker control chemicals.
  • 7323 Berger. Plant growing mixtures.
  • 7327 Teeterville Garage & Weighing Systems. Moisture controllers for tobacco barns and weighing scales.
  • 8003 Equipmax. Tobacco spray equipment.
  • 8615 Evencure Systems. Curing controls. 
  • 8122 Carolina Tobacco Services. Curing barns, mechanical harvesters, heat exchangers.  
  • 8204 Wilson Manufacturing. Farm trailers. Also in the exhibit will be a Taylor Tobacco Barn.
  • 8217 Granville Equipment. Tobacco Machinery.
  • 8301 World Tobacco. Tobacco machinery.
  • 8313 De Cloet SRL. Tobacco machinery.
  • 8615 Evencure Systems. Curing controls. 
  • 8701 Tytun Ltd. Bulk flue-curing barns.
  • 8712 Long Tobacco Barn Co. Bulk tobacco curing barns.
  • January 17, 8:30 a.m. Owensboro Convention Center, 501 W Second St., Owensboro, Ky. Contact Bob Pearce at 859 257 511 or rpearce@ This meeting is being held in conjunction with the 2015 Tobacco Expo.
  • January 22, (Two sessions) 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. Marion County Extension Office, 416 Fairgrounds Rd., Lebanon, Ky. Marion County. Contact (270) 692-2421.
  • January 27, 10 a.m. Woodford County Extension Office, 184 Beasley Road, Versailles, Ky. Woodford County. Contact (859) 873-4601 or
  • January 28, 2 p.m. Cherry Expo Ctr, 101 College Farm Rd., Murray, Ky. Calloway County. Contact 
  • January 30, 1:30 a.m. Henry County Extension Office, 2151 Campbellsburg Rd., New Castle, Ky. Henry County. Contact (502) 845-2811 or
  • January 30, 9:30 a.m. Shelby County Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Rd., Shelbyville, Ky. Shelby County. Contact (502) 633-4593 or 
  • February 3, 6 p.m. Lincoln County Extension Office, 104 Metker Trail, Stanford, Ky. Lincoln County. Contact (606) 365-2459
  • February 5, 9:30 a.m. Graves County Extension Office, 251 Housman St., Mayfield, Ky. Graves County. Contact or 270-753-1452.
  • February 12, 6 p.m. Montgomery County Extension Office, 106 East Locust St., Mt Sterling, Ky. Montgomery County. Contact (859)-498-8741 or
  • February 19, 12 p.m. Green County Extension Office, 298 Happyville Rd., Greensburg, Ky. Green County. Contact (270)-932-5311
  • February 19, 5 p.m. RECC Building, 2405 North Main St., Jamestown, Ky. Russell County. Contact (270) 866-4477
  • February 23, 4:30 p.m. Muhlenberg County  Extension Office, 3690 State Route 1380, Central City, Ky. Muhlenberg County. Contact 270-338-3124 or
  • February 24, 6 p.m. Trigg County Recreation Complex, 303 Complex Rd., Cadiz, Ky. Trigg County. Contact 270-365-2787 or
  • February 24, 6 p.m. Maysville Community College, 1755 U.S. 68, Maysville, Ky. Maysville County. Contact (606) 564-6808 or
  • February 25, 10 a.m. Breckinridge County Extension Office, 1377 Hwy 261 So., Hardinsburg, Ky. Breckinridge County. Contact (270) 756-2182 or
  • February 25, 1 p.m. Daviess County Extension Office, 4800A New Hartford Rd., Owensboro, Ky. Daviess County. Contact 270-685-8480 or
  • March 10, 6 p.m. Allen County Extension Office, 200 East Main St., Scottsville, Ky. Allen County. Contact (270) 237-3146 or
  • March 10, 6 p.m. Warren County Extension Office, 3132 Nashville Rd., Bowling Green, Ky. Warren County. Contact (270) 842-1681 or
  • March 12, 6:30 p.m. Wolfe County Extension Office, North Washington St., Campton, Ky. Wolfe County. Contact (606) 668-3712 or
  • March 19, 6:30 p.m. Owen County Extension Office, 265 Ellis Hwy., Owenton, Ky. Owen County. Contact (502) 484-5703 or 
  • January 20, 6 p.m. City-County Park Building, Filter Plant Rd., Franklin, Ky. Contact 270-586-4484 or
  • February 24, 2 p.m. McLean County Extension Office, 335 West 7th St., Calhoun, Ky. Contact 270-273-3690 or 
  • February 26, 2 p.m.Logan County Extension Office, 255 John Paul Rd., Russellville, Ky. Contact 270-726-6323 or
  • January 20, 10 a.m. Rutherford County Extension Office Auditorium, 315 John R. Rice Blvd. Suite 101, Murfreesboro, Tn. Rutherford County. Contact 618-898-7710 or
  • January 26, 7 p.m. Sally Wells Bldg.  Macon County Fairgrounds, (1st building on right), 160 Russell Dr., Lafayette, Tn., Macon County. Contact 615-666-3341 or
  • February 3, 8 a.m. Robertson Co. Fairgrounds Bldg., Hwy. 41,  Springfield, Tn. (Burley) Contact 615-384-7936 or
  • February 10, 5 p.m. Montgomery Co. Extension Office, 1030A Cumberland Heights Rd., Clarksville, Tn. (Dark). Contact 931-648-5725 or
INDIANA (All burley)
OHIO (All burley)
NORTH CAROLINA (All flue-cured)
  • January 15, 9 a.m. Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle, Ste. 2, Greenville, N.C. Contact 252-902-1802 or mitch_smith@
  • January 20, 10 a.m. Granville County Expo and Convention Center 4185 U.S. 15, Oxford, N.C. Contact 919-496-3344 or Granville, Franklin, Vance, and Warren Counties.
  • January 22, 9 a.m. Kings BBQ, 405 E. New Bern Rd., Kinston, N.C. Contact 252-527-2191 or Lenoir County.
  • January 26, 10 a.m. Sampson County Agri Expo Center, 414 WarsawRd., Clinton, N.C. Sampson County. Contact: 910-592-7161 or
  • January 27, 10 a.m. Cumberland and Harnett Counties Meeting, 126 Alexander Dr., Lillington, N.C. Contact 910-893-7530 or brian_parrish
  • January 29, 9 a.m. Caswell County Meeting. 536 Main St.,  Yanceyville, N.C. Contact 336-570-6740 or dcdabbs
  • February 6, 1 p.m. Tobacco Growers Association of N.C. Annual Meeting, N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, N.C. Contact 919-513-0904 or
GEORGIA (Flue-cured)
  • January 20, 12:45 p.m. Holiday Inn Express, Meeting Room, 1636 South Peterson Av., Douglas, Ga. Coffee County. Contact 229-392-6424 or
  • February 16, 12:45 p.m. Tifton Campus Conference Center, Small Auditorium, RDC Rd., Tifton, Ga. Tift County. Contact 229 392 6424 or
  • January 21, 12:45 P.M. Pee Dee REC Auditorium, 2200 Pocket Rd., Florence, S.C. Florence County. Contact 229-392-6424
  • February 17, 12:45 p.m. Woodhaven (behind Jimmy B's Restaurant, across from Auto Zone), 1963 Highway 76, Marion, S.C. Marion County. Contact 229 392 6424 or 
 VIRGINIA (Flue-cured) 
  •  January 20, 4 p.m. Olde Dominion Ag Complex, 19783 U.S. Hwy. 29, Chatham, Va. Pittsylvania County. Contact 434-292-5331 or
  • January 21, 4 p.m. Meherrin River Hunt Club, 435 Dry Creek Rd. Baskerville, Va. Mecklenburg. Contact 434-292-5331 or
  • January 22, 8:30 a.m. Southern Piedmont Center, 2375 Darvills Rd., Blackstone, Va. Nottoway. Contact 434-292-5331 or
  • January 28, 10 a.m. Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department, 3050 Scottsburg Rd., Scottsburg, Va. Halifax (Flue) Contact 434-292-5331 or
  • February 12, 10 a.m. Midway Baptist Church, 2595 Midway Rd.,  Phenix, Va. Charlotte. Contact 434-292-5331 or
Visit us at the Southern Farm Show, Exhibit # 808-809 Graham Bldg.

Visit our booth at the Southern Farm Show Exhibit # 1104.

 Visit our booth at the Southern Farm Show, Exhibit # 8204.

 209 Harding St., Danville, Ky.
PH: 859-236-4932

Full-service burley warehouse

Jerry Rankin, Owner

 Opening Tuesday, November 25 at 9:30 a.m. Call for information.

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