The heavy rainfall that slammed much of the state this month could take a toll on Burley tobacco producers locally, according to Owen County Extension Agent For Agriculture and Natural Resources Steve Musen.
The USDA Census of Agriculture reports nearly 6 million lbs. of tobacco being produced in Owen County on 1,128 acres.
“We’ve seen fairly significant damage in tobacco from this summer’s weather,” Musen said. “It could potentially impact their future contracts if they’re not able to fulfill their current contracts.”