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Greenhouse Nutrient Solution Testing

With February 1st behind us, many producers are now looking for a few good days of sunshine to seed tobacco greenhouses.  The first step to producing quality transplants is ensuring that water quality MORE »

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2015 Flue-Cured Tobacco OVT Results popular

As we approach the 2016 growing season, tobacco variety selection should be the number one thing on a growers mind. Below are the 2015 flue-cured tobacco OVT results. Results will also be featured MORE »

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Transplant Production Bulletin

It’s hard to believe that another tobacco season is right around the corner. Many growers in the southeastern region of our state will begin seeding greenhouses sometime in early February, so now is MORE »

2015 Forsyth GAP Meeting

2016 Winter Meeting Schedule popular

The 2016 winter meeting season is right around the corner. Meeting dates and locations are listed in the table below. Please be reminded that all US producers are required to attend for GAP MORE »

Colonizing aphids. Photo: Jeremy Slone

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, September 11 2015

Several plants at our remaining on-farm site have small populations of aphids this week. While only one plant met the requirements to be considered infested, we saw two plants in the standard field and three plants MORE »

Dead and parasitized hornworm. Photo: Jeremy Slone

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, August 21 2015

With harvesting well underway, we are now able to observe how insects distribute themselves on the remaining foliage in the final weeks. Hornworms and budworms have a preference for younger leaves and as such will MORE »

Flea Beetles. Photo: Jeremy Slone

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, August 14 2015

We are seeing more flea beetle feeding at sites with the lowest leaves still present on plants and consistently seeing beetles at all sites. The image above shows one example of how flea beetle damage MORE »

Hornworm egg. Photo: Jeremy Slone

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, July 17 2015

This past week we were out scouting after the large storm passed through the Eastern part of the state. We made almost no pest observations that day, which is likely due to the severe weather MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, July 10 2015

Budworm populations have surpassed threshold at all IPM sites to date, and all but one field has been treated. It is unlikely that tobacco budworms will require treatment post topping, but we will continue MORE »

Calcium Deficiency in Wilson County. Photo courtesy of Norman Harrell

Calcium Deficiency

Over the past week or so we’ve received a number of phone calls, emails, and text messages asking about irregular/abnormal leaf growth and bud development.  It’s safe to say that nearly all of MORE »

This hornworm was parasitized by braconid wasps.  Although the white bodies look like “eggs”,  they are actually tiny wasp cocoons. Photo: Demetri Tsiolkas

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, June 26 2015

We are seeing different population densities of both hornworms and budworms across all sites as a result of chemical treatment, plant age/size, and regional differences. Typically you would see hornworms later in the season and MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, June 19 2015

Plants at sites throughout the state are reaching the button stage where the plant begins to produce unopened flowers at the bud, and some plants are already in bloom. Treating for budworms is not recommended MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, June 12 2015

In the photo above you have several indications that a caterpillar pest is present, whether you can immediately find the pest or not. If a budworm is present on a plant, you will not only MORE »