I live in Central New Hampshire,This is my 2nd year growing tobaccoWelcome to the forum. Feel free to introduce yourself. Which tobacco varieties are you growing?
I live in Central New Hampshire,This is my 2nd year growing tobacco
Last year I bought 9 variety of seeds from 3 US sellers from Pennsylvania,Iowa and Tennessee.Grew 6 plants each of all 9 varieties ,bagged one of each for seed.
This year started seeds indoors March 2 on a heat pad under lights.Then into a cheap green house,with heater ,at the end of April,it got blown over by a late wet blizzard ,but I saved it. I planted 7 of the varieties ,20 of each,2 plants per hill 70 hill 140 plants
I've already primed July 31 then picked once Aug. 12 ,tied and hung 12 sticks in my shed. The white burleys are coloring/curing fine ,Kentucky,Tennessee,and Long Red starting to turn color ,the Virginia's are turning color but the Virginia Gold has specks of almost black green.
I joined the forum to find out what the causes the blackish,green specks, I think it may be a combination of not quite mature enough,too cool at night and relative humidity has gone above 85 % to 93% in the early dawn hrs the past couple day.
I read that article this AM,it doesn't describe what I'm seeing,I think it may be thi beginning of pole burnWith humidity that high, mold is always a possibility but some photos of the leaf in question would be helpful. Following is some info on mold from the University of Kentucky with a few photos although the photos don’t show the entire range of colors of the different molds.
I figured it can be done, tobacco was grown in NH by the early settlers .I had seen an old map showing it was grown in the Connecticut river valley from Keene to Hanover West of me. the climate zone is 1 warmer than here.I still need to figure out the days of maturity and air curing abilities ,so far Virginia is not a good choice its too finicky. ,Burley may be the strain for me ,I'm going to find out,by cutting and hanging the whole plant.Wow, blizzards in late April and first frost in early September... Makes me feel better about the heat and humidity in the south
It looks like you have a system down and know what you are doing.
Just checked shed at 6:30 AMtoday I got up a 2:30 am to 80%RH and 63 degrees F ,yesterday I cleaned my shed,removed all gas cans and flamables determined to run a chicken coop/bathroom heater hooked to a RH switch(i bought for oven curing) set to run until RH gets below 75 .It shuts off if it tips over too.It's running now ,the RH outside at is 93% and 57 degrees F at 4:48 AM,I got the temp going up and RH going down .View attachment 32443View attachment 32444 looks like I'm going to lose some leaf off 2 sticks