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Wet Weather Could Have Harmful Effect on Tobacco As Farmers Operate on a Late Schedule

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This spring’s wet weather may have a detrimental effect on the fall’s tobacco crop.

Calloway County Agriculture Extension Agent Matt Chadwick says most farmers set their plants before Memorial Day, but this year many are on a late schedule. He also says the tobacco that has been set has suffered some damage from recent storms.

“A lot of these crops have gotten used to the availability of water in the soil, and if we were to turn off and have a drought from this point forward that would be a worst case scenario as far as the fall crops go,” he said.

Chadwick also says some wheat in the area has toppled with recent high winds and heavy rain.

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