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Check these tips for managing MH residues in tobacco

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Begin by checking the label

By David Harrison

Extension Agent

There is some concern among growers and tobacco leaf buyers about high residues of Maleic Hydrazide in tobacco. Let’s discuss some tips growers should consider.

Use an appropriate amount of MH. The maximum amount of MH that can be applied to burley tobacco is 3 pounds active ingredient per acre per season. For years the most common formulations contained 1.5 pounds a.i per gallon. Today there are many formulations of MH that contain variable amounts of the active ingredient.


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