For his No. 1 crop — tobacco —t his was a very late season: When Southeast Farm Press visited his farm in mid-August, Spivey hadn’t even begun harvesting.

“It was dry into late June,” says Spivey. “The tobacco was coming into top, and a lot of the bottom leaves burnt off. We got a little bit of rain in July, and it looked better. But there was still a lot of fertilizer in the ground.”

Spivey was watering his tobacco with two hose reel irrigators, and he hoped to start priming the third week of August.

“We are irrigating because it has been so dry this year and we are trying to finish filling it out so it will cure better,” he says. “It is a little greener than you want it. We are irrigating now to get it to where we can cure it.”

Where he has access to water, he tries to put on as much irrigation as he can. “But some fields don’t have water available or don’t have enough. We will have to wait on those fields to mature.”

Spivey contracts with Philip Morris International and is anxious to meet its demands for low residues. “It is a little more picky than some of the other companies, so this year I decided to try to grow it without any MH-30,” he says.

He is relying instead on Prime+ and contacts. “We made four applications of the contact, and on the last two, we added a split application of Prime+. So far it looks like its going to work.”

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