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Wisconsin State Agricultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, including the proceedings of the state agricultural convention held in February, 1885, together with other practical papers
Vol. XXIII (1885)

Coon, F. W.
The ins and outs of tobacco culture,   pp. 301-320


Page 303

TOBACCO CULTURE.30 
The last ten years have witnessed a rapid increase in the 
acreage of this product, for the crop last year reached 15,836 
acres, with a probable yield of over 60,000 cases. The in- 
crease over S83 was nearly 4,000 acres, and present prospects 
point to a still greater expansion of this industry for the 
year to come. Under ordinary circumstances Wisconsm 
will produce more tobacco in 1885 than any of the seed leaf 
states. In quality of leaf 1 might add, Wisconsin already 
ranks first on the list. The weekly sales of leaf tobacco in 
New York the past two years, indicate that the sales of Wis- 
consin leaf have brought higher prices than any of domestic 
state tobaccos, ofttimes ranging as high as forty cents per 
pound for wrapper stock. The sales in that market under date 
of January 24, will illustrate: 
Nw EWYORK, January 24.-There were sold last week of Pennsylvania to- 
baccos: 
Crop 81-900 cases, 7 to 10 cehts. Crop '82-200 cases, 9 to 14 cents. Crop
'88- 500 cases, 8 to 124 cents. 
Of Wisconsin were sold: 
Crop 83-150 cases, running, 27 cents (buyers took goods on installment; 
plan). Crop 83- 150 cases, all wrappers, 32 to 36 cents. 
In CoDnecticut tobaccos the following were reported: 
Crop 83-75 cases Housatonie wrappers, 35 cents. Crop '83-160 cases 
seconds, 11 cents. Crop '82-250 cases wrappere, 12 to 17 cents. 
It may seem to you an extravagant statement, but I believe 
nevertheless, true, that to-day the profits in the culture of 
tobacco in Wisconsin are greater than any other state in 
the Union. 
There is a limited section in the North Carolina district 
producing the finest quarters of the "bright" leaf where 
prices rule higher than here; but the yield per acre falls far 
below that of our own state, and the average profits much 
smaller. I have before me a circular of a Clarksville, Tenn.. 
tobacco firm who quote ruling prices on a very large pro- 
portion of southern tobaccos, runing from four to twelve 
cents and averaging not over eight cents per pound. None 
of the cigar producing tobacco states have sold their '84 
crop at higher prices than Wisconsin gtowers, while many 
are receiving much lower prices; while the cost of producing 
the crop in any of these states exceeds that of this state from 
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