January 29, 2018
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Tobacco Cyst Nematode Found in Ontario Tobacco Fields

Up until only recently, tobacco growers in Ontario have had to deal primarily with the root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus penetrans) in their fields.  This past growing season another species of nematode, tobacco cyst nematode (Globodera tabacum = TCN), was found on two tobacco … Continue reading

December 14, 2017
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Registered Variety Data Available

Agronomic performance data for the registered varieties grown in 2017 can now be viewed in the plant breeding area of the website.   Post prepared and sent by Canadian Tobacco Research Foundation Mailing Address: CTRF, P.O. Box 322, Tillsonburg, ON  N4G 4H5 Telephone: 519-842-8997 Web … Continue reading

November 9, 2017
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CTRF Open House

CTRF is holding an “Open House” on Thursday, December 14, 2017 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  Cured leaf samples of registered and promising varieties will be on display.  Handouts on the performance of the registered varieties will be available.  … Continue reading

September 29, 2017
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Harvest Almost Done

Harvesting is finished on the majority of farms with the remainder of farms needing up to another week.  Conditions remain dry for those growers still harvesting.  Irrigation is ongoing in some of these cases to help reduce bruising and assist … Continue reading

August 17, 2017
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Harvest Underway

Harvesting is now underway on farms either with the first pass or, in some cases, the start of the second pass.  So far, leaves from the bottom of the plant are curing quite clean.  Irrigation is a common site on several farms … Continue reading

July 21, 2017
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Leaf Drop

An issue being reported on some farms this week is “leaf drop”.  This is where the midrib of the leaf breaks about 2.5 cm (1 in) from the stalk.  Leaf drop is often seen in the lower stalk positions, i.e. sands, seconds … Continue reading

July 20, 2017
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Potato Virus Y (PVY) in Tobacco Fields

Infection from Potato Virus Y (PVY) is being reported in tobacco fields.  The first PVY infected tobacco plants were observed in late June.  Since then, the virus has been found in several more tobacco fields.  PVY can cause considerable damage to infected plants, especially the necrotic strain which can … Continue reading

July 2, 2017
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Scouting Insects on Tobacco

Soon after transplanting, tobacco seedlings can be damaged by several insect pests. The population of these insects can vary from year to year and field to field during the growing season.  Regular scouting of tobacco fields is the best way … Continue reading