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
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 303
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