Daily Archives: July 15, 2013

Across the country, the tobacco crops wilt from rain

Jason Elliot had one of his best stands to grow burley tobacco until the rains started. Five days and seven inches of rain later, about a quarter of his crop was destroyed, cutting thousands of dollars from his salary when he drags his leaf on the market for several months.
All tobacco fields were wet country, and without a good stretch of dry weather in the coming weeks, Elliott predicament can play many times. In Kentucky alone, the second leading producer countries, the death toll could hit as much as $ 100 million if the crop does not rebound. More than half of the crop top producer of North Carolina is in danger.
It threatens to be the final blow to the agriculture sector, which experienced a sluggish prices, higher production costs and uncertain markets due to smoking bans.