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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 309

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TOBACCO CULTURE. 
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4th. History shows. that many who start in at tobacco 
growing make a failure, become disgusted and fall out by 
the wayside. In 1881, prices were high; farmers everywhere 
eaught the eraze and the following season there was an 
inerease of nearly three thousand aeres in the state. The 
season of '82 proved a partial f ailtire and the corp- of '83 was 
le'ss than that of 1881. The high prices of '83 when sales 
were made at twenty-five cents per pound, eaused a relapse 
of the craze, so to speak, and again last season the aoreage 
increased nearly four thousand acres,.. We believe that the 
crop, of '85 will show a further inerease of over five thou- 
sand aeres. So that it will be seen that a partial failure or 
low prices act as a sort of check upon an overproduction. 
In ten years the tobacco section of the state has hardly 
extended beyond a strip of country forty miles across. It 
-%v ill take another ten years beföre tobacco ean become a, 
general farm produet. 
5th. New beginners have no reason to expeet that they 
will , receive as satisfactory prices as the old and more ex- 
perienced grower who has attained a reputation by years of 
hard labor. It, lis the skill änd painstaking effort of the 
grower that tells when the erop is marketed. The wide va- 
riation of price is oftener due to the difference of men in 
handling them than any other reason. Buyers tell us that fully 
10 per cent. of the tobacco is ruined by eareless or ignorant 
handling even in the old districts', What the reputation of 
our state needs more than an inerease in the number of 
growers is men who will bestow more care, time and atten- 
tion to perfeeting the methods they now put into practice. 
It can truly be said that tobacco eulture is one of the fine 
arts of agriculture.. and patience, perseverance and care are 
the three graces which lead to success. I have, in brief, out- 
lined my reasons for believing that Wisconsin is not in any 
immediate danger of over producing her tobacco crop. 
is IT A SAFE CROP? 
I think reasonably so. I cannot recall a total failure in 
the past ten years and only partial ones about as often as* 
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that of corn fails you. There are however, critieal stages in 
its growth and curing when a single mistake in treatment 


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