Despite having an exceptional tobacco crop at this point, North Carolina has not been without a few issues. The recent weather has brought along something not typically seen much of in the Coastal Plain: Weather Fleck.
Despite a rare mid-April freeze, tobacco planting got going in earnest in much of the Tobacco Belt later that month.
Production estimate suggest it would not be the sharply reduced crop that had been expected by many.
Some of the loss in production was due to a decline in plantings last spring. But the main explanation for the dismal performance was very low yields for the two leading types — burley and flue-cured — caused by very unfavorable...