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
4 4m -- ý , , - --- ý 1 ý - -- TOBACCO CULTURE. 309 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* 1 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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