Tobacco Planting Delays

By: Stephanie Stang
By: Stephanie Stang

By the middle of June typically tobacco farmers have their plants in the field and their crop is starting to grow. But with the rainy weather recently farmers are behind schedule.

Tobacco farmer, Gene Roberts of Simpson County, says with the rainy weather he hasn't been able to transplant the tobacco from the greenhouse to the fields. He says the ground is to wet to successfully grow any tobacco.

While he waits to transplant, he has been cutting the plants to keep their growth at bay. He has also been spraying the plants with fungicide to prevent disease. Roberts says he has about 20 more acres to plant and hopes the weather will dry up soon.

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