COMMERCIAL FIELD PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY
The plentiful rain we got last year prevented the machinery from accessing the Commercial Field but we are now quickly proceeding with the preparations.
This field will hold the majority of this season's tobacco plants and we expect good results, especially since we have worked out a few issues already with the Research Garden!
NEW TOBACCO VARIETY PERFORMING WELL
This is the first time we have grown Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco and we are finding that they are much different than the tall Criollo '98 tobacco plants!
These tobacco plants do not grow very tall but they produce extra-large leaves that will be perfect for wrapping the locally made cigars rolled at Cayman Cigar Company.
FERTILIZER ISSUES IN THE REASEARCH GARDEN
Dec 16th, 2020 - Before
Jan 4th, 2021 - After new fertilizer schedule
The photo on the left shows our Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco seedlings as they were on the 16th of December 2020. We were concerned with the slow growth we were seeing in the 1 month old plants so we decided to get in touch with tobacco experts for guidance and the diagnosis was that the plants were not getting enough Nitrogen and Potassium.
Our fields are set up to deliver fertilizer through the irrigation system but most tobacco crops are not fertilized this way. Therefore we had to figure out how we would apply the required amount of nutrients using our system. The tobacco experts gave us some suggestions and we put them into action.
The picture on the right was taken almost three weeks later, and as you can see, it shows the improved growth we have achieved with our adjusted fertilizer volumes and schedule!
PLANTING THE CONNECTICUT BROADLEAF
The 'Connecticut Broadleaf' tobacco seedlings have been planted out into the prepared Research Garden.
We have high hopes for this crop as the leaves from this variety will be used to make the wrappers and binders for the cigars produced locally at Cayman Cigar Co.
Extra care must be taken to keep these tobacco plants free of pest and disease so that the leaves are perfect, without any holes or tears
REFRESHING THE RESEARCH GARDEN
We are getting ready to plant our next crop of Tobacco! This time we will be planting a variety called 'Connecticut Broadleaf'.
This variety of tobacco produces large leaves perfect for wrapping cigars. It has a large spread so we needed to widen the spaces between rows in our Research Garden. We have also used this opportunity to mix some of the compost we produced in the Compost Facility into our soil to make a rich substrate for healthier, robust plants.