by Robert Harrington, Natural Society:
Tobacco has been cultivated as a cash crop in the USA for many decades. Because of its high revenue potential, tobacco growers often went the extra mile to ensure a good harvest. Toward that end, the growers eagerly embraced the latest and ‘greatest’ farming methods which kept pests and weeds at bay.
This is where the problems began. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc. have been sprayed on tobacco crops for as long as they’ve been available. This is because the tobacco plant seems to have a whole array of insects which like to feed on every part of it. An extraordinary number of insect pests are drawn to different parts of the growing plant at different parts of the growing cycle and harvesting season.
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