HOW TO MINIMIZE CARRYOVER DISEASE IN GREENHOUSE TRAYS
January II 2022
The surest way to reduce the risk of diseases carried over in trays is to purchase new trays each season, according to the Burley and Dark Tobacco Production Guide. Previously used trays, which may be contaminated with pathogens, should be rinsed prior to fall storage and disinfected just before seeding in the spring. They should be stored indoors out of direct sunlight. Do not store trays for long periods of time in a greenhouse, where ultraviolet light and heat will cause deterioration and damage.
Other tips on burley tray management: Avoid storing sanitized trays in areas where trays may come into contact with soil or debris, or cover trays with plastic or a tarp. Take appropriate steps to protect trays from damage due to the nesting of small rodents and birds.
Casting a vote in the Carolinas: N.C. and S.C. flue-cured growers will have the opportunity to vote whether or not to continue to fund the market promotion programs of Tobacco Associates Inc. on Wednesday January 26. Growers can vote at any of the Extension Service offices in flue-producing counties during regular office hours.
The stakes are high. “Over $60 million of exports can be directly attributed to the technical product development work conducted by the (TA) organization to continue to be effective,” says Hank Mozingo, TA President. “We must give our staff and consultants the resources to continue doing what they know how to do.”
Annual meeting: The next week, the annual membership meeting of Tobacco Associates will take place March 2 at the N.C. Farm Federation Headquarters, 5301, Glenwood Ave., Raleigh NC, 10 to 12, followed by lunch.
New S.C. leaf specialist: William Hardee has been named Extension specialist for S.C. Hardee had served as Extension agronomy agent for the two leading S.C. tobacco counties—Horry and Marion—for the last nine years. He will still serve as ag agent for all row crops in those two counties while covering tobacco in all counties in the state. Hardee earned his bachelor’s degree at Clemson and masters’ at Auburn. Loris, S.C., is his hometown.
A Report from Overseas:
Investors in China are reportedly negotiating with farmers in the Dominican Republic to purchase tobacco grown in the DR, which could signifi-cantly increase Domi-nican leaf exports. The Dominican Republic is already the leading exporter of cigars in the world with customers in 142 countries. The Chinese are seeking a quotation for an initial purchase of 365 tons of DR tobacco.