The Kentucky Burley Tobacco Tour will start 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Spindeltop Research farm near Lexington, KY. Though the on-going challenges from this year's drought will be one unwanted hot topic among participants, stop on the tour and other discussion will feature variety development, rotation effects on nitrogen management, insect control, the effects of field and harvest management on tobacco-specific nitrosamines, or carcinogens, and management techniques specific to Kentucky tobacco. The tour will continue Aug. 8 with visits to farms in Fayette, Woodford, Mercer, Anderson and Nelson counties.
There will be a Grains and Tobacco Field Day at the UK Research & Education Center in Princeton, KY Aug. 9, beginning with registration at 7:30 am and concluding with lunch. Topics on the tobacco portion of this field day will include dark tobacco variety development, nitrogen source and timing, and new insecticides and pesticide residues.