Article from 'The Delmarva Farmer'
November 25, 2020

“NC 1226 has done very well in our testing and represents a step forward in terms of black shank resistance in flue-cured tobacco,” said David Reed, an Extension tobacco specialist at Virginia Tech’s Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research Center in Blackstone, Va. “Growers that planted NC 1226 in 2020 were generally very pleased with both the yield and quality of the tobacco, and the survival in problem black shank infested fields is far superior to any other released variety.

“The only significant problem encountered last season was the performance of the seed in the greenhouse and the number of usable transplants produced,” Reed continued. “I expect this issue to be corrected for the upcoming season, and this was not completely unexpected with seed of a new hybrid that may have been rushed to market.”