Projected Changes in the Composition of Bright (Flue-Cured) Tobacco
The distinguishing characteristics of flue-cured tobacco — its bright yellow color, its low nicotine and high sugar contents — are mostly the result of the process by which it is cured but also of cultural management and genetics. However, the art of growing and curing bright tobacco has not changed in any major way since its inception (2); therefore the mass of compositional data that has accumulated (1, 5) would not be atypical of the current crop. These generalizations do not imply that all lots of tobacco are identical. Large year-to-year and location-to-location differences do occur; these are mostly attributable to weather and, specifically, to the total amount and distribution of rainfall during the period of rapid growth (June in North Carolina). Blending balances out these differences.
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