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  • Day 91 (26-JUL-17): Seasonal Mass: 180,903,717kgs. Seasonal Average: $ 2.96

TOBACCO PLANNING CALENDAR AND LEGISLATIVE DATES

OPERATION

MONTH/DATE

1.Early Ploughing and lime if necessary.

January/February

2.Merchant Stock Returns

January 15

3.Grower First Estimate

January 15

4.Finalise crop budget, cash flow and financing arrangements for the coming               season.

February/March

5.Grower second estimate

March 31

6.Check weed re-growth and re-plough early ploughed lands if necessary.

March/April

7.Order fumigants and seed and pest control materials – fumigate and make-up seedbeds. 

May

8.Last date for destruction of all living tobacco plants.

May 15

9.Earliest date for sowing seed.

June 1

10.Main seed sowing dates.

June/July/August

11.Seedbed watering, pest and disease control.  Order coal, repair barn tiers

July

12.Earliest date for sowing gum tree seed.

August

13.Main land preparation and ridging.

August

14.Seedbed management, hardening and clipping where necessary. Land preparation and ridging.

September

15.Earliest date for transplanting (irrigated crop).

September 1

16.Auction Floor Licence Application

September     30

17.Planting dates for main dry land crop

October/November

19.Disease and pest control and routine spraying.

October

20. Grower registration deadline (Virginia/Burley/Dark fired)

October 31

21.Refill plants up to 14 days after planting to maintain 100% stand.  Top    dressing fertilizer.

November

22.Weed, disease and pest control and routine spraying.  Scouting for insects and take necessary action.

December

23. Last day for the destruction of unsold tobacco

 December 15

24. Commercial graders /re-handlers applications

December 31

25. Plant gum tree seedlings

December 31

26. Destroy all seedbeds to control pests and diseases.

December 31



TOBACCO MOTH AND TOBACCO BEETLE AWARENESS

All tobacco growers are reminded that the Tobacco Moth and Tobacco Beetle is a notifiable pest, listed in the first schedule of the Plant Pest and Diseases (Plant and Alternative Hosts) Order 1976.The Tobacco Marketing and Levy Act (Chapter 18.20 Section 75) empowers TIMB to prevent movement of infested tobacco, to order fumigation at the owner’s expense and even to order complete destruction. Fumigation using Gastoxin tablets can be done by the farmer or authorised fumigators The objectives of preventative pest control are to make premises inaccessible and unattractive to pest and to stop pests getting at the raw materials and finished products. These objectives are Cleaning, Good Storage Practice and Building maintenance.

What to do
1. All leftover tobacco including waste tobacco material such as tobacco fines and dust, which might accumulate on a daily basis should be removed and disposed of. This may be burnt or buried in a pit.
2. Leftover tobacco must never be carried over the next season without prior arrangement and authority from TIMB. Application to keep tobacco should be made to TIMB before 15 December each year.
3. Sweep and remove spider webs, which are a good indicator of insect activity, in the storage and working areas
4. Give access to stored tobacco products as well as light and ventilation.
5. Tobacco or material or finished products must be staked with enough space around them to facilitate fumigation should the need arise.
6. Storage of tobacco from another farm or tobacco whose pest infestation status is unknown should be avoided.
7. Good stock rotation is very important and must be practised. The basic rule here is first in first out.
8. Doors or windows, which may stay open should have wire mesh screens of appropriate gauge to prevent entry of insect.