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Permalink NC State University Tests Fertilizer for Organic Tobacco

North Carolina State University researchers are helping organic tobacco growers find the best way to fertilize seedlings to make them healthy enough for transplant into the field. The researchers found that by using a combination of seabird guano, sodium nitrate and gypsum and by using fish-tank pumps to aerate the float beds, they could achieve levels of seedling success comparable to those seen in conventional tobacco production with synthetic fertilizers. The aeration was key to making the nutrients available to the plants. Details on the fertilizer blends will be made available in the annual tobacco production guide published by NC State.



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