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Revised Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Tobacco

Abstract: As a result of the recent tobacco buyout tobacco growers are facing lower leaf prices and increased scrutiny of their production practices. Tobacco companies have expressed concerns over excessive rates of nitrogen and their potential link to high nitrosamine levels in the cured leaf. Additionally, nitrogen fertilizer prices are expected to increase as a result of increasing fuel prices and homeland security concerns. In light of these issues the nitrogen recommendations for tobacco grown in Kentucky have been revised.