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Humidity forces tobacco growers to stall transplants

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Suggestions for holding field-ready plants

By David Harrison

It looks like tobacco growers will have to hold field-ready transplants for a few days or more this year. Often this coincides with periods of humid cloudy weather. Densely packed plants in a humid environment is a recipe for big problems. Below are some suggestions for holding plants until field conditions improve.

Maintain a low level of fertility: Reducing fertility levels to the 25 to 50 parts per million nitrogen range will slow growth and reduce the amount of rank green leaf material that may be more susceptible to bacterial rots.  


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